Father Robert Elias, OCD: Easter Pentecost

In this Easter Monday homily, Father Robert Elias explains that the resurrection is the incarnation of the lavish love of the Lord. In his risen form, Jesus Christ calls believers to recognize the mighty signs of Pentecost.

Matthew 28: 8-15

Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce the news to his disciples.
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee,
and there they will see me.”

While they were going, some of the guard went into the city
and told the chief priests all that had happened.
The chief priests assembled with the elders and took counsel;
then they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers,
telling them, “You are to say,
‘His disciples came by night and stole him while we were asleep.’
And if this gets to the ears of the governor,
we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”
The soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed.
And this story has circulated among the Jews to the present day.

Father Robert Elias, OCD: Fatima Way of the Cross.

NOTE: the painted images are from members of the congregation of St. Wulfran’s parish, an Anglo-Catholic movement in the Church of England.

The First StationJesus is condemned to death

The Second StationJesus carries His cross

The Third StationJesus falls the first time

Fatima marker stone

The Fourth StationJesus meets His mother

Fatima marker stone

The Fifth StationSimon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross

The Sixth Station – Veronica wipes the face of Jesus


The Seventh Station: Jesus falls for the second time

The Eighth Station: Jesus meets the three women of Jerusalem

The Ninth Station: Jesus falls for the third time

The Tenth Station: Jesus is stripped of his clothes


The Eleventh Station: Jesus is nailed on the cross

The Twelfth Station: Jesus dies on the cross

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus is taken down from the cross

The Fourteenth Station: Jesus is placed in the tomb

SOURCE: Fatima Pilgrimage 2017 with Father Robert Elias, OCD

(Fatima Pilgrimage organized by sweet and spirit-filled Caroline of Syversen Touring.)

Carmelites, Lent, and COVID-19

A message from the Carmelite Friars of the International College of St. John of the Cross in Rome. Brother Frank Sharma, OCD of the California-Arizona province, who is now studying in Italy, put this video together.

By Teresa Linda, ocds

When I dismissed my students on Friday, March 13 , two weeks before their official Spring Break was to begin, after the State Department of Education had asked that public school districts temporarily close their doors, none of us really understood what was ahead. Most half-expected that we would return one month later so we barely said good-bye to one another, not knowing that our future interactions would be online until virtually the close of the school year.

Even before COVID-19 really began to permeate the health of Bay Area residents, I could immediately see the effects it would have in my students’ families, who are primarily Hispanic. One parent told me that he held five jobs, but that he was asked to leave all of them – without pay. On the Monday following the weekend, each teacher was tasked with directly getting in touch with students, to make sure that at least, they knew of the local food banks that gave daily free meals away from public schools nearby.

My daughter, who goes to college in New York, came home for Spring Break, thinking that she would return in a couple of weeks. But within three days, she learned that her campus was closing and that she had to move out of her dorm. At 11:30 pm Monday, just minutes before shelter in place took effect in the Bay Area, she flew out to New York, piled her belongings in a rented car, and drove to the Philadelphia area to drop her belongings off at my parents home. She came back by Friday, just before New York restricted travel.

My Secular Discalced Carmelite Community was just preparing for our election of officers and looking forward to our May Ceremonies, when the ban on group meetings happened. There has been so much uncertainty that has happened in the last few weeks. Most painful for Catholics who hunger for the Eucharist is the ban on public gatherings around Sacrifice of the Mass. Fortunately, we are learning new ways to use technology to keep in touch, to pray together, and to continue to grow spiritually. I have listed some opportunities below.


The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

  • Evening Prayer LIVE: March 26-April 18, 5:30 PM daily
  • Morning Prayer & Holy Mass LIVE: March 26-April 18, 6:00 AM daily
  • Sunday Mass LIVE: March 29-April 5, 11:00 am