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The Difference Between Humans and Animals

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We feel a great connection with animals, yet I'm reminded in Genesis that Adam could not find a suitable partner who was his equal in any of the animals. Only humans are a unique combination of both the physical world and the spiritual world, made up of a mysterious union of a body and a spiritual soul. No wonder we are so complex, so noble, yet so earth-bound and limited at the same time.

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What is Handmaidens?

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Handmaidens is a faith formation group for single women between the ages of 18 and 35, dedicated to cultivating a deeper relationship with our Lord...

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Spirit of Carmel | Fall 2015

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Read the Spirit of Carmel magazine. Join us in continuing our celebration of the 5th Centenary of St. Teresa of Avila's birth! Our theme for this issue is focused on her simple submission, "I am yours Lord."

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Moments of Grace on the Patrick Madrid Show!

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Our friend, Patrick Madrid, hosts a popular radio show called the “Patrick Madrid Show” Monday through Friday (6:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific), produced by Immaculate Heart Radio. Recently on his radio show, he read one of the stories by Sister Timothy Marie from our book Moments of Grace! ‪

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Preparing for School – Through the Eyes of a Teacher

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It's that time again! Summer is rolling to a close and the date of the first day of school is clearly marked on our calendars. Children may feel a mixture of excitement and dread, but what is going on in the mind of a teacher?

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Transfiguration and Religious Life

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When Jesus took Peter, James, and John up on Mount Tabor and allowed them to see His divine glory it was to prepare them for the scandal of the Cross that they would encounter when they came down the mountain. And He prepares me in much the same way.

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Personal Reflection on Chastity

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You really can learn a lot of things from the flowers. On this particular afternoon, it was some Easter lilies that caught my attention. Into these rather random mental wonderings came the thought that lilies are a symbol of chastity. Because they are white, right? Maybe there is more.

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“Ascent of Mount Carmel” Vocation Hike | September 7, 2015

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Looking for something fun to do for Labor Day? How about a morning hike with some Carmelites? Everyone is welcome! We will start at 9:15 am, hike the trail, and then return for a picnic lunch.

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Nothing is Impossible

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Through prayer, joyful witness and loving service, The Carmelite Sisters are able to promote a deeper spiritual life among God’s people. The Carmelite Sisters have gathered footage from their many apostolic service locations and put together this wonderful video which truly is a labor of love.

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Retired Religious Still Going Strong

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“They are there morning, noon and night as part of the community, praying for the needs of the world. For the younger ones of us, it’s a real symbol of the dedication to our vows. Just because they are 90-plus doesn’t mean that they’re retired. It’s a new way of life, and we just slow down a little.”

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Planned Giving – A Way to Touch the Future

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Would you like to touch the future even after your earthly journey is completed? Bequests and planned giving present donors the opportunity to do just that by establishing a legacy that will inspire and be remembered for generations to come.

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Revitalize Religious Consecration

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A fast search on Google will show that just about anything that exists needs to be revitalized from Instant Coffee to Skin Care, from Blogs to Cities, from Outdoor Advertizing to Ad Campaigns. Is it any wonder that Religious Life also looks to revitalization?

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America the Beautiful!

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Happy 4th of July! As we celebrate our nations independence this 4th of July, let us remember all those who have laid down their lives in sacrifice for our liberty as we continually thank God for the independence of our nation! What a blessing it is to live in the home of the free and land of the brave!

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Jubilee Celebration

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We celebrate the fidelity of our beloved sisters... Sister Beatriz and Sister Maria Elia, 60 years Sister Carmelina and Sister Mary James, 50 years Sister Gloria Therese and Sister Margaret Ann, 25 years. Enjoy this slideshow of the beautiful celebration on June 27th...

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Carmelite Sisters Bring Dignity

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Carmelite Sisters Bring Dignity to the End of Life. “The final years are a time to prepare for heaven” The following comes from a June 11 article by Clara Fox in Angelus, the online newspaper of the LA: Tom Wilson was self-sufficient well into his late 80s, until an allergic reaction to prescribed medications left him in need of an assisted living facility...

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Fatherhood

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I can honestly say that as a little girl, my daddy was my hero. He was strong; he could throw me high in the air and catch me every time as I came down. He was solicitous and creative; he made doll houses, sandboxes, swings and even a play castle complete with turrets you could actually climb...

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Why Mary?

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Why do we honor and show such regard for Our Blessed Lady? Why Mary? The number one reason is Jesus himself...

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Moments of Grace Book Signing | June 21

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“Wait!”

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An excerpt from Moments of Grace... She quickly realized that preschool was a different world than junior high. “How am I going to teach them about the Eucharist? About the Creed?”

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Are You a Real Nun?

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An excerpt from Moments of Grace... “The manger isn’t here today.” She looked at me long and hard. “How do I know you are a real nun?” she questioned.

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