Friday, 1 February 2019

               It was a great day for us because it was our dear sister Mary Frances’s 70th entrance day. Our dear sister was born on 15th November 1929 in nsambya in Africa, was called Elsie Pereira. When she was 11 years old, her Family moved back to Mangalore to her ancestral home.  She continued her studies in St. Agnes primary, high School and college. She then decided to join Carmel, where her 2 cousins Mother Rose Marie and Sr. Margret Mary were already in Carmel. They had been an inspiration for her.
                She joined Carmel on 16thJanuary 1949 and her name changed as Sr. Mary Frances of the Blessed Sacrament, and she received the Habit on 21st November 1949.  She made her first profession on 3rd December 1950, and Solemn profession on 3rd 1953. She served our community 5 terms as prioress and a vibrant person in the community. She says to us “God is so good even though I am 89 years old and 70 years in Carmel; I still can be on my own, walk and do little things for myself. On my 70th anniversary of entrance, none of my sisters who received me are here. They celebrated the day in heaven.”    
                        Sr. Mary Frances, though 89 is very active, full of life and keeps herself busy with knitting, computer, etc. She is up at 4.30a.m. for prayer, at 8a.m.she  helps in the kitchen to cut vegetables, gardening, does portress duty etc. She is really an inspiration for all of us.
                                God bless you Dear Sr. Mary Frances for all you have been, you are, and you will be.  May showers of blessings poured on you in the coming years.  
                                                                                                                             Carmel of Mangalore

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Beauty of Silence

The older I grow the more I see the value of silence. There may be a time to speak but it is so difficult to know when to speak and what to say. In the silence of our heart, God speaks and from the fullness of our hearts we speak. I walk down the valley of silence, down the dim, voiceless valley- alone.

And I hear not the fall of a footstep  around me,
 Save God’s and my own,
And the bush of my heart is as holy
As hovers where angels have flown
Do you ask me the place of the valley?
Ye hearts that are harrowed by care
It lies afar, between mountains
And God and His angels are there.
Do good works silently
Do your duty silently
Be happy with others silently
Conceal another’s faults silently
Wish and aspire secretly and silently
Embrace the cross of Jesus silently
Look towards heaven silently
Attain virtues silently
Persevere until death silently.

The wisest retort is often said silently. Another nice thing about silence is that it can‘t be repeated. Most of us know how to say nothing; few of us know when to say something.
 Silence is golden.

Monday, 7 January 2019


Stay away from Anger, it only hurts YOU
 If you are right then there is no need to get ANGRY
 And if you are wrong then you don’t have any right to get ANGRY
 Patience with all is LOVE, Patience with others is RESPECT
Patience with self is CONFIDENCE and Patience with God is FAITH
Never think hard about the PAST, it brings TEARS
Don’t think more about the FUTURE, it brings FEAR
Live this moment with a SMILE, it brings CHEER
Every TEST in our life MAKES us BITTER or BETTER
Every PROBLEM comes, to MAKE us or BREAK us
The choice is ours whether we become VICTIMS or VICTORS.

Monday, 31 December 2018

Where God is born, hope is born;
May the joy of this day illumine our Church, our world, our families so that inspired by hope
we may continue our commitment to be JESUS in our frail and fragile world
where our loving God made Himself  frail and fragile in order
to share with us the face of His ABBA’s mercy.
This Christmas may we receive this gift from the Divine Babe
and be His heart in our world today.

Holding you and all your dear ones close to the beating Heart of the new born Babe.
May you stay blessed and be a blessing to all in the coming year 2019


Sunday, 23 December 2018


Little Jesus in the manger
Lying in peace and joy
Amidst the cattle with your Mother,
You are her Baby Boy

Look at me here in cold severe
Coming to adore You.
With the shepherds and animals
Worship and praise Your due.

Your gentle smile shines all the while
Calling me to come near
Simple creatures whose life preaches
They are to you most dear.

Sleep gentle Babe, Divine Infant
Enter in my poor heart
There take Your seat, Jesus most sweet
Never from me depart.

Angels from your realms of glory
Wing your flight over the earth
You who sang creation’s glory
Now proclaim Jesus’ birth.

Shepherds in the field abiding
Watching the flocks by night
God with man is now residing
See, the stars’ wondrous light.

O Blessed Babe, in manger stall
O Child of Love and Light
O Holy Son sent from above
Sleep peacefully tonight.

Shine brightly star of Bethlehem
So that all men may see
The King whose love will rule the world
Throughout eternity.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Sr.Therese Marie known as Diljyothi  Mariet D’Cunha was born on 9th November  1979 to Marcel & Irene D’Cunha a pious family of Kulshekar, Mangalore. Being the only girl child in the family, she was loved by her parents & two brothers very much. After her education (12th standard & secretary course) she moved to Mumbai to her aunty’s place & secured a job there. After some years of experience she went to Dubai where she worked for ten years. She was happy with her job, surrounded by friends & relatives enjoying life until 2014.         To know the will of God for her future, she started to say Divine Mercy prayer.  So one day a sudden inner voice (locution) “bithorlyo madri” resounded in her heart which her mom told her few years back. Beginning she got little puzzled to think of that. But something prompted her to go-ahead & speak to her mom about this. So she asked to mom to inquire & to find out whether nuns will accept her. When she got the positive reply she herself began to contact Mother Prioress over the phone.  After 6 months during her vacation when she came to Mangalore she met the Prioress personally who told her to come for a ‘come & see’ programme for 3 months. So she went back resigned the job & came to Carmel & stayed for 3 months.
She joined as postulant on 3rd January 2016; on 9th November 2016 she received the habit of Our Lady of Mount Carmel & was given the name Sr. Therese Marie of the Divine Mercy. After two years of Noviciate Sr. Therese Marie made her FIRST PROFESSION on 9th November 2018. 
She is happy in Carmel & totally given to God.  Here we quote her own words: “Truly speaking I had no natural attraction for Carmel.  But God in His own time through his power put in my heart love for solitude, silence, detachment & love for prayer which are really helping me to live in Carmel & when I experience suffering & pain I feel there is a kind of special grace of consolation which I have never experienced when I was out.’
Do keep her in your prayer & many more may be inspired to give themselves totally to God.
Sr. Mary Imelda                                                                                                                                      Cloistered Carmel                                                                                                                                                     Mangalore


Sunday, 11 November 2018

St. Teresa of Jesus (1515-1582), one of the great Christian mystics, was moved by a vision of hell which she experienced in 1560, to do and undertake  everything in her power for the salvation of those who were heading for hell.

 “From this experience also flow the great impulses to save souls and the extraordinary pain that is caused me by the many who are condemned (especially the Lutherans, for they were through baptism members of the church) it seems certain to me that to free one alone from such appalling torments, I would suffer many deaths very willingly”  (Life32:6)

Prayer and penance were the weapons she believed with which she would embark  on her mission. First, she would keep the rule of her order with utmost perfection. Teresa realized quickly enough that she would need to gather around her generous persons with whom she would share her project of saving as many souls as possible from the dreadful torments that she had glimpsed.

On 24th  August 1562, the first Teresian Cloistered Carmel was ready for inauguration, and received its charter in the WAY OF PERFECTION, where we read “ news reached me of …. The havoc the Lutherans had caused ….the news distressed me greatly, and as though I were something , or could do something , I cried to the Lord …. That I might remedy so much evil . I resolve to do the little that was in my power, that is, to follow the evangelical counsels as perfectly as I could and to strive that these few persons who are here might do the same.” (WAY OF PERFECTION.)

The Holy Spirit aroused many precious persons to surrender themselves to this ideal of rescuing as many people as possible from the power of darkness. Teresa herself was to make 16 more foundations in Spain .
This holy flame enkindled by the Holy Spirit through Teresa, spread to India via Pondicherry and Mangalore in the 19th century ,  and today in the 21st century there are  in India more than 30 Teresian Cloistered Carmels, where the daughters of St. Teresa are unceasingly offering their lives and immolating themselves in union with the sacrifice of Christ for the salvation of India and the world.

In February 2018 the Prioresses of all the Carmels in India gathered in Hydrabad along with Father General, Very Rev. Saverio Cannistra o.c.d and our Definitor General Rev. Fr. Johannes Gorantla o.c.d. to study the new document
COR ORANS, from the Holy See

                             (The 2 photos were taken during that Meeting.)