"The greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and anxiety." - Jesus to Saint Faustina What is it that we look at or think of when we are triggered into discouragement or anxiety? What is that one turning point for you and I that often sends us into a whirlwind of webbed preoccupations with life? Unlike … Continue reading What is it?
By : Justin Studebaker Entering the Priory and finding the room with my name on it filled me with feelings of agitation and anticipation. Agitation because it takes about half a day to settle fully into the silence, washing away the dirt and grime from daily life. And anticipation over the beautiful experiences that lay … Continue reading Silent Exchange: Part 2
Conversions of the heart aims to share true stories of young adults experiencing Jesus Christ’s transformative love. These stories will inspire hope and through their relatable, engaging and inspiring witness will reach the heart of person’s who have yet to experience God’s unconditional love. Each story is unlike any other because each person is a … Continue reading
“We do not need to go find love; rather, we need to be still and let love discover us.” -John O’Donohue. By: Justin Studebaker It was a cold, windy and rainy day in January, 2017. I was exhausted after finishing another stressful, chaotic Christmas season at Nordstrom. This weekend’s silent retreat with Christus … Continue reading Silent Exchange: Part 1
By: Martin Ngo These days, Christ shines exuberantly for me through the incarcerated women at Massachusetts Correctional Institution Framingham. OK, I have to start first by saying, I don't cry easy. But I find myself moved to tears often when I am at MCIF; when I am close to Christ. I can't begin to describe … Continue reading Exuberant Light
"Freedom exists for the sake of love" -St. John Paul II If you go to an ice cream shop you will soon find yourself struggling to decide between the 40 different flavors in front of you, the server will eventually ask "what will it be?" He is not asking "what do you think?" He is … Continue reading The Gift
If something is presented to the senses, which is not solely for the honor and glory of God, give it up, and deprive yourself of it, for the love of Jesus Christ, who, while on earth, had and desired nothing but to do the will of his Father." -St. John of the Cross We have … Continue reading Loosen Your Grip!
"Joy isn't found in the material objects surrounding us, but in the inner recesses of the soul. One can possess joy in a prison cell as well as in a palace." - St. Therese of Lisieux It is a gift that most everyone cherishes. When it is genuine it carries with it a happiness that … Continue reading Joy
Photo by Brittany Kahl "The spirit of Carmel is a spirit of childhood, of original life, of newness, of immediate proximity. . . it drinks of the torrent. . . it passes into human beings, renewing and in truth creating them." Paul-Marie of the Cross, OCD Creativity always achieves a higher level of originality when … Continue reading Creative Encounters with God
The ever ancient ever new call to respond to God’s will is an invitation that keeps on giving. Thus, the Lord continues to direct us and guide us toward a more perfect response. A response that can eventually be made with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind. There is … Continue reading RESPOND