Come and See the Beauty of Carmel!

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The Garden of Carmel, Confraternity of our Lady of Mount Carmel, is a community whose members, responding to the special call of God, freely and deliberately promise to live the evangelical life through Carmelite spirituality. We are called to imitate Mary’s role as a people of faith attentive to the Word of God and the service of the kingdom.

 

Garden of Carmel Advent Silent Day Retreat 

Dear Garden of Carmel,

Praised be Jesus Christ and His Virgin Mother! Good afternoon and May the peace of Christ be in our hearts and souls. Our Advent Silent Day retreat last Saturday was truly a great joy!

The presence of Fr. Matthias of the Immaculate Heart was truly a blessing to us. It is a tremendous gift for all of us our Lord sent. Despite the pandemic Fr. Matthias came to visit us  to share his Carmelite charism.

His inspiring presentations were truly a gift from God and to each and every one of us.  His Carmelite spirituality is very appealing to our humble simple community. The instruction he gave us on how to pray truly in our heart to seek Christ in loving silence and the beauty of silence was outstanding. Let us bless our Good God for this amazing grace! for our peaceful and fruitful retreat.Thanks be to God!!!

As Carmelites this is what we are searching for to continue to shine for Jesus to be more recollected and centered. And these are very helpful for our Advent journey and New Year journey!

I truly believe that the Holy Spirit was moving and purifying each and every one of us during our retreat. Most of you gave beautiful feedback that you really enjoyed the day, especially when he closed his eyes, reflected and meditated on his teaching during his talks and during the consecration in the Holy Mass with his very soft voice. It was miraculous… I know you love it too. It was so sweet…

Let us continue to pray for one another to live our life in Carmel in communion with God from morning to evening and from evening to morning.

For this we place ourselves in the hands of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Then we trust that they will take good care of us!

Here’s some of our pictures taken last Saturday. Enjoy…

In the Holy Spirit,

Estrella of Jesus del jardín de el Monte Carmelo

Haydie’s Investiture and Reception

As we prepare for the beautiful season of Advent let us believe in His great love, His very exceeding love. 


Praised be Jesus Christ and His Virgin Mother!I greet you a very beautiful day wishing you a heavenly blessing from above on this holy day the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe. 
And after that we celebrate Thanksgiving Day!Thanks be to God for His grace and mercy. Your faithful spirit will lead us to be a good disciples of Christ. Sr. Marie Andre, OCD said;Thanksgiving Day! is all about gratitude. To live life as a thankful person is to have an invitational spirit. Meaning, your very person invites others to want to get to know you because they feel a sense of welcome. Thankful people inspire others. Thankful people see opportunities. Thankful people are the people we most often want to be around. Thankful people generally are positive in spirit and caring of their neighbors. 
Let us then be thankful today, next Thursday and every day of our life. Thanks be God and with Mary for bringing us to Carmel! Life in Carmel is very delightful! 


I, Estrella, Erika and Dcn. Alan walking with you in spirit and looking forward to our Advent Silent Day Retreat next month. Fr. Matthias is also very excited to meet us! God willing I hope and pray to see you then! 

I happy to share with you our pictures taken this morning Haydie’s Reception and Investiture. It was a very wonderful day with Fr. Campos and with Dcn Alan. Thank you Dcn Alan for sharing with us your Carmelite spiritual wisdom about our Our Lady of Mount Carmel!God bless you all for being a true Marian our Lady knows how faithful you are to Her Confraternity.


Peace in Carmel +,

Estrella of Jesus 

May Newsletter

There’s only 1 day left for the beautiful month of May. We really had a very wonderful time together, especially our outdoor retreat! In reflecting all these years we have been together YOU gave me joyful hope that as a community we should not stop in communicating with each other, our sense of being in the community is a sign of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We should encourage each and every one of us to stay together in unison not to take for granted our commitment in the Confraternity of our Lady of Mount Carmel.We should always live the beauty of Carmel, our sense of commitment and fraternity. To be solid to our commitment, real solid commitment. Really and Truly!!!  

As we now enter the month of June let’s get going! Leading up to the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

to draw ourselves very close to live only for the glory of God.

Moving on into 2021… one thing is for sure is we didn’t give up, we are blessed that we continue the work we began, by the grace of God please see attached our Pandemic Newsletter. Anyway, just for consideration please, respond if you receive my email safely. Thank you and God reward you! 

“The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it” (John 1:9)

God bless you and may our Lady of Mount Carmel smile and protect you in Her miraculous mantle.

Virgin Mother of Carmel, pray for us+,

Estrella of Jesus del jardín de el Monte Carmelo

Outdoor Retreat, May 2021

Praised be Jesus Christ! Good evening. As we celebrate the Ascension of our Lord today I think of His great love and mercy for us; because at the Last supper Jesus assured the Apostles that his death would be the cause of a great blessing. He said “Very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Paraclete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you…When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth and tell you of what is yet to come.”  Let us then strive to find rest with our Lord as we wait for the coming of the Holy Spirit. 

Come, Spirit of Truth, purify us, sanctify us… I hope and pray that this simple reflection will help you on your spiritual journey. 

What an anointed peaceful and blessed outdoor retreat we had yesterday. Blessings to you on this beautiful day! Thank you for giving your time to our loving God and with Mary His Virgin Mother, our Lady of Mount Carmel. 

We are so blessed to have Fr. Damien once again for his teaching about suffering, after life and homily is very profound. I hope you all enjoyed our day with our Lord and with Mary. The Holy Spirit was there with us, giving us wisdom is very powerful moving each one of us. And in our table reflection you gave us very substantial and deep points of what our Lord is asking of you… And in reflecting all the beautiful thoughts you shared I thought that this is the real meaning of Easter giving, loving and caring! The fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Please see attached pictures taken by Erika and Doreen. Thank you! 

God reward you dear Garden of Carmel! Let us all sing with Mary and with St. Joseph to praise God, Alleluia!!!

Peace, joy and love in the spirit of Carmel+,

Estrella of Jesus del jardín de el Monte Carmelo

April 2021 Outdoor Meeting

Praised be Jesus Christ, Now and Forever! What an anointed peaceful and blessed outdoor meeting we had last Wednesday which falls on the birthday of our dear Doreen! And our GC #1 meeting last Saturday.

I hope you all enjoyed our questions’ reflection. Just to let you know that you all did a very beautiful job with sharing your thoughts in our group discussion. Despite this time of trials and difficulties you were very faithful to your commitment to our Lord and to your community Garden of Carmel. In our group discussion you gave us very substantial and deep points of what our Lord is asking of you…

We talked about your -Daily Yes-despite of the pandemic you did not give up either virtual or outdoor meeting. You were like the disciples of Jesus; they follow Him everywhere He goes. Remember of what Jesus said “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).

I was touched when you shared your beautiful spirituality throughout the years of being together. You gave us very substantial and deep points that you treasure your affiliation in the Confraternity of our Lady of Mount Carmel. And in reflecting all the beautiful thoughts you shared I thought that this is the real meaning of Easter giving, loving and caring the joy of Easter!

I hope and pray that all the reflection rooted in Carmelite spirituality I shared with you will form a bond between your soul and mine. As I was pondering all the years that we have been and spent together, I truly believed that your soul and my soul are touching one another. We are brothers and sisters in God’s family and this is how we build the Mystical Body of Christ. Your daily journey with our Lord, your repeated- resounding daily “Yes” is the true love of God; my soul touched yours and by experiencing this marvelous consecration we become one in Him in spirit and truth.

I will always keep you in my prayers especially during my visit with our Lord at the adoration chapel and please pray for me as well.

I really appreciate you for giving your time to our Lord and to our Lady. I look forward to having you all in our next outdoor backyard retreat as we all grow in relationship with our Lord and with each other to live our charism of prayer to set our hearts for the spiritual road to holiness.

God is good, very loving and merciful. Let us give Him thanks and praise!!!

Let’s journey together and keep our gaze fixed on our Lord! Our exciting day is almost around the corner;  

To deepen your prayer life, to draw closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and with our Lady of Mount Carmel  to experience the joy, support and fellowship that our simple community brings.

As always it is my pleasure to share with you some of our pictures taken last Wednesday for Doreen’s birthday and some pictures of our homeless feeding

Our homeless feeding last Tuesday went very well. Thank you for all your help. God bless and reward you!  

May He continue to bless you in every way as you run after His Heart!

Rest in His great love and mercy+,

Estrella of Jesus del jardín Del Monte Carmelo

Virtual Meeting February 20, 2021

Praised be Jesus Christ, Now and Forever! What an anointed and blessed virtual Garden of Carmel meeting we had last Saturday! I hope you enjoyed our GC Virtual meeting and received some wonderful graces and insights. You all did a very beautiful job with sharing your thoughts in our group discussion and you gave us very substantial and deep points of what our Lord is asking of you in this time of trials and difficulties.  And despite of so many trials you were being faithful in prayer in this time of pandemic and to look forward to our Lord’s return.

I really appreciate you for giving your time to our Lord and to our Lady. I look forward to having you all in our next outdoor backyard meeting as we all grow in relationship with our Lord and with each other to live our charism of prayer to set our hearts for the spiritual road to holiness.

As always it is my pleasure to share with you some of our pictures taken by Erika,

May He continue to bless you in every way as you run after His Heart!

Rest in His great love and mercy+,

Estrella of Jesus

Garden of Carmel Outdoor Meeting

Praised be Jesus Christ, our King! Good evening. Today the Church celebrates the Solemn Feast of Christ the King.

“He will sit upon His glorious throne- all the nations will be assembled before Him.” Matthew 25.

Let us do the best we can to give glory to the King of kings. “The most sacrifices pleasing to God are mercy, humility, praise, peace, charity. Free from fear, we await the coming of Christ our King. iva Cristo Rey!”

As Carmelites, our desire is to seek the living of God and to help others along their pathway in their own spiritual journey.  It is always so delightful to see how God works in our life. Even in this time of trials, difficulties and with all these challenges and struggles we continue our beautiful ministry.

We are so very grateful to our very devoted members Elena and Mary in the midst of the pandemic they were very faithful in their phase 2 formation class. I see this that even though the disturbance challenges COVID has caused, our great devotion to our Lady of Mount Carmel continues. This is an amazing dear Garden of Carmel! St. Teresa of Avila said “Not to Give Up”. Our Good God has presented this time of grace to really contemplate that God is in control and we assuredly place our trust in Him. Blessed be God!!!

It is truly a great joy to assist me to congratulate our dear sisters Elena and Mary in their Brown Servant Clothing during a pandemic after completion of the second stage formation class as a symbol of their full membership in the Garden of Carmel. God bless and reward you in saying your “BIG Yes” to our community Garden of Carmel!

An additional blessing from our loving God the Installation of our new Treasurer Adoracion (Doreen). Thank you Doreen for accepting the duties as Treasurer of our community.

God bless our New Treasurer!

“My eyes and my heart will remain here forever” 2 Chronicles 7:16

We express our sincere thank you to Dcn. Alan for always being there for always supporting us to continue the work we began and for your dedication to our Lady of Mount Carmel. We are so very delighted of your beautiful reflection “Our Devotion to Mary” Your presence is a blessing to ! Please continue to pray for our community Garden of Carmel.

It is my pleasure to share with you our pictures taken yesterday at our GC Outdoor Meeting. As promised I am also attaching the reflection given by Dcn. Alan In gratitude to you my faithful sisters and brothers in Carmel. I, Estrella, thank God for your love, prayers and support my prayers for you is all the way in heaven!

United in prayers in the spirit of Carmel+,

Estrella of Jesus

Garden of Carmel Outdoor Meeting

Dear Garden of Carmel,

Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever! How great it was to see you all this morning. I am always happy to see that we are all united in prayers; most especially for being so faithful to your commitment in the Confraternity of our Lady of Mount Carmel. Let us give thanks and praise to God for His great love.

It is with great joy and blessing that we were able to meet again even though in the backyard. I truly believed that this is God’s will to continue our Carmelite enrichment to meet together once a month in spite of this pandemic, and you set aside this day with our Lord and with our Lady.

May God our Lord reward you for our gathering today and for sharing your good thoughts and wisdom in our morning reflection. I was so impressed by all your insight and your deeper love in the Eucharist what a blessing you all are!!!

Your presence inspired me to continue the work we began even in this time of difficulties and uncertainty to continue to share with you the true love of our loving God in our daily spiritual journey. Blessed be God!!!

I am happy to share with you our pictures this morning. Thank you Erika for taking some pictures.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless us and make us very faithful Carmelites.

Peace, joy and love in Carmel+,

Estrella of Jesus