Friday, March 2, 2012

A Beautiful Day in God's Neighborhood...

One of the things that I treasure most about the Catholic Faith, is that there are so many different traditions, and so many rich and wonderful textures within one Holy Church.

As we have been making our First Friday excursions, we have found that there is a place where each person fits, and, as everyone in the Church has a very special temperament, there are a wealth of choices in which to fulfill one's vocation.

One of these special places is the Carmelite Monastery in Towson, MD. It is the oldest community of sisters in the U.S.
We were blest to be given a chance to visit there this morning, and the sister that spent an hour or so with us was just a treat! What a special lady.
The Carmel is nestled in the trees on 27 acres right outside the beltway. Hard to believe that such peace can be found that close to the city.
The sisters live in community and share a life of Prayer, work, and devotion to God that is part of a very special and specific calling within the Church.
The Carmelites are a very old order and the rule is very strict, but it is also very beautiful.

 We all got up and out the door early this morning to get to Mass at a Church nearby. We are almost finished with our nine First Fridays!

 This is an image of Elijah on Mount Carmel, in the Holy Land. His image is surrounded by saints and people who have played a large role in the development of the order.

 This is the chapel where Mass is celebrated. The sisters are here throughout the day for prayers and singing. The garden outside the windows is a beautifully kept place to go and pray.

 This is an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It was painted by an artist who is now a member of the order. She also painted the image of Elijah.

 The gardens that surround the Monastery are lovely even in the winter
We are so grateful for this opportunity!

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