It begins as an unquenchable thirst, a restless longing for “something more.” Then the question arises, “How can I ‘prove’ my love for God? How can I satisfy this desire to give Him . . . ALL?” Our blessed Mother Foundress too experienced this gnawing at the heart. She writes, “For years I had desired to make a real sacrifice for God in order to prove my love for Him. In vain did I search for such an opportunity. Finally, the hour arrived.” This hour was only the first step in a journey that led to the foundation of the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus.
The journey always begins with the first step.
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My name is Sr. M. Matea Elizabeta of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, and I am a juniorate Sister in the Croatian Province.
When I turned a teenager, I left behind the things of God and the Church. And with this I went searching for other things to fill me, but these vanities, these superfluous things left me empty. I realized that I was in a void. I wanted something to fill me again as I realized that my life was without meaning.
“I want to be your hands. I want to be your feet. I’ll go where you send me.” It was while singing these words at a Steubenville Youth Conference that I first opened my heart to God’s call.
“I only want to do what the Lord deigns to ask of me, in His holy hands, I place myself.”
“The first time I met religious sisters was in high school. I remember being attracted to their joy, but the thought of being a sister made me uncomfortable and I always pushed the thought away immediately.”
“Over the years of high school and college, Jesus really worked on my heart and showed me that He was the only One that could completely fulfill all my desires.”