Saturday, October 12, 2013

Lessons in Carmel About Joy and Perfection

It's really hard to believe that it's been two months since I packed up what was left of my belongings (there was not much left) and drove from Colorado to California to begin Candidacy with the Carmelite Sisters here in Los Angeles. I have had such a beautiful time here with the other five young women that are here with me. When we aren't in prayer, we are usually laughing.

There is so much joy in religious life.  If you've ever met a Religious Sister, I hope that she expressed the joy that is found in simplicity and love.  The world looks to money, sex and power to find happiness; here, joy is found in poverty, chastity and obedience. The joy that pours out of the Sisters here is a powerful antidote to the world's prescription for happiness.  It is the living out of the Beatitudes; true blessedness is possessed only by the poor, the meek, and the pure of heart.

Entering Candidacy is a process which is very stretching - I have grown so much already in my time here. It is so challenging, and so good. Because whether we are called to religious life, or to marriage, or in any vocation in which God calls us, we are all called to give freely of ourselves; extravagantly. We are called to die to ourselves. It is a painful process, but it's a process full of joy, because there is freedom in abandoning yourself to God's will. If we seek just to find ourselves, we lose ourselves. If we seek to find God, we find Him and ourselves as well.

I also want to share something that one of the beautiful, young Sisters here shared with us about perfection: Perfection is a pencil stub, which has been chewed on and whose eraser has been completely used up. It is perfect because it has been completely spent fulfilling it's purpose; it has been utterly used up in it's destiny of pencil-hood. And perfection for us is found is the complete giving of ourselves, in self-sacrifice and charity.

"If anyone were to ask me the Secret of Happiness, 
I would say it is no longer to think of self..."
- Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Greetings from Carmel!

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Thank you for visiting! I set up this website to explain why I have decided to enter formation with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, and to ask for some help as I move forward.

Since August of 2013, I have been a Candidate with the Carmelite Sisters, along with five other girls. The entire process to become a perpetually-professed sisters is 10 or 11 years (a long time...), and Candidacy is the first set in the process.  I have lots of time and formation to go! 

This year, as a Candidate, I live a life similar to the Sisters. I'm out of bed at 4:40 and shuffling down the hall for coffee so I can stay awake during prayers. We join the Sisters for Morning Prayer, meditation and Mass. During the day, I work full time in the Sisters' Advancement Office, and they keep me busy! We join the Sisters for Evening prayer and Night Prayer, as well. We live our lives as Candidates simply, without distractions, in order to be able to discern God's will for us. We are living in imitation of the Sisters, as much as possible, before actually entering the Community.

God willing, the next step of formation will be Postulancy, but before I can more forward I need to pay off $23,000 worth of student loans and have some money saved up as well for health insurance premiums during formation. I know that if it is God's will for me to move forward, He will provide for me.

Please consider helping if you are able to. I have been so touched by the support I've received from the people in my life as I've made this decision. I am asking for help now, so that I am free to follow Christ more closely. 

Please keep me in your prayers as I continue to discern God's will! You will most certainly be in my prayers as well! 

If you wish to donate, please visit my FundRazr site here:

If you would prefer to send me a check instead (or letters! I would love to hear from each of you!) in the mail, my address is:

Candidates of the Heart of Mary
Attn: Leah DesGeorges
819 Buena Vista Street
Duarte, CA 91010

God Reward You! I am so, so grateful to each of you!