About My Carmelite Life



“Climbing the Mountain in response to God’s Call to Carmel”

A devout Catholic, Carmelite OCDS and Meningioma Brain Tumor Survivor. Sinner, loving mother of two beautiful adult children, sister, and friend of many.  Aspiring to be a Saint living a simple and peaceful life of prayer, while enjoying the bliss of the beautiful world.

Importance of Finding the meaning in life! When people don’t have meaning in life that’s what makes life so unbearable. Even if you have a very pleasurable life. Even if you suffer in life as long as you have meaning in your life it can move you. Being a Catholic Carmelite moves me to follow Jesus and be an even more loving woman to those around me. I fall regularly, but I do everything I can to get back up quickly and keep on moving. Falling in love with God is the best thing I that has ever happened in my life.

My prayer of holy resignation and intention to accept God’s will more graciously and gratefully.

I know you love me
and have great plans for me.
But sometimes I am overwhelmed
by the thought of my future.
Show me how to walk forward
one day at a time.
May you inflame my soul while I search openly
for what it is you want me to do with my life. 
How can I bear the miseries of this life without 
Your grace and mercy to strengthen me? 
Inspire in me wisdom and understanding
to see your vision for my life
and respond with openness to
whatever you call me to do.
Lord, teach me to do Your will
to be a perfect Carmelite in Your eyes
And to live worthily and humbly in Your sight.
Speak, Lord, for I am listening.
Show me your way Lord!

~Tina Marie


Who are the Discalced Carmelites?
The Discalced Carmelites are a Roman Catholic religious community of priests, brothers, nuns, and laity serving the Church through lives of prayer and ministry, in a fraternal setting. Our roots go back to twelfth-century hermits on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. The Discalced Carmelites were established by St. Teresa of Avila in 1562 and St. John of the Cross in 1568 to renew the Order’s commitment to contemplation, simplicity, and community.

Our Identity
Carmelite Seculars, together with the Friars and Nuns, are sons and daughters of the Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Teresa of Jesus. As a result, they share the same charism with the religious, each according to their particular state of life. It is the one family with the same spiritual possessions, the same call to holiness (cf Eph 1.4; 1Pet 1.15) and the same apostolic mission. Secular members contribute to the Order the benefits proper to their secular state of life.
(OCDS Constitutions – January 2014)

Carmel is “Semper Fidelis”!
(Always Faithful)
We have no other teaching than what the Church teaches. Catechism of the Catholic Church C.C.C. is obviously our guiding principle.



Attend Sunday Mass / Daily Mass
Confession Weekly / Monthly
Daily Prayers
Spiritual Reading
Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Communion
Altar Society
Prayer Network


The Holy Bible
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Ten Commandments
The Beatitudes
The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church
The Works of Mercy
Cardinal Virtues
Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Ceremonial Large Brown Scapular is worn by Carmelites, OCDS

Read more… Brown Scapular or Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – History & Investiture

The Catholic Catechism starts its section on Catholic morality with St. Leo the Great’s beautiful words:

Christian, recognize your dignity and, now that you share in God’s own nature, do not return to your former base condition by sinning. Remember who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Never forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and brought into the light of the Kingdom of God. (Catechism, #1691)



Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.S.) California-Arizona Province

Rule of Saint Albert
Bearer of the Brown Scapular
Pray The Liturgy of the Hours Daily
Daily Scripture Readings
Daily Meditation
Pray the Memorare Daily
Pray the Holy Rosary
Faith, Hope & Charity
Community Needs & Volunteer

The Rule of Saint Albert is the original expression of the spirituality of Carmel. It was written for the laypeople who gathered on Mount Carmel to live a life dedicated to meditation on the Word of God, under the protection of Our Lady.


The Order of Discalced Carmelites, the seculars together with the friars and nuns, forms the nucleus of the great Teresian Carmelite family. The vocation to Carmel is a gift from God, a lived experience in which we all look to the Rule of St. Albert as our fundamental inspiration. Each branch of the Order has its own Constitutions, which interpret the Rule for its members. (OCDS Constitutions, Preface, par. 3 and 4)

St. John of the Cross uses the image of a mountain, and its ascent, as a metaphor for the spiritual life of intimate friendship with God. This image is echoed by the Church in the words “… may the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Carmel, protect us and bring us to your holy Mountain, Christ our Lord.” (Mass of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opening Prayer) Our life in Carmel is intended to help us in our ascent to this holy Mountain. It is the function of a community’s structured formation program to shape our response to God’s call to reach the summit. We are formed into community for aid and support on our ascent. The Blessed Trinity itself is a community of persons; no one can climb this Mountain alone. In the experience of community life we find the movement and guidance of the Holy Spirit, and a most effective way to grow in virtue. The call to “…be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt. 5:48) helps us to live three key principles of Carmel: to give ourselves entirely to God, to strive for purity of conscience, and to foster an intimate union with God. Through community life, we learn love, gentleness and respect for others, which enables us to bring souls to Christ. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the formation that begins in our Secular Order community comes to fruition in the experience of our whole lives. It is our responsibility to set aside specific times for personal prayer and study each day, and to be of service to one another.

These guidelines present a structure to shape the formation program of our members and aspirants in accordance with the call of our OCDS Constitutions “… to prepare the person to live the charism and spirituality of Carmel in its following of Christ, and in service to its mission.” (OCDS Constitutions 32) Let us proceed in prayer, with love, detachment and humility (Cf. Way of Perfection, 4:4).

Source: ocds.info