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In that shrine there is a lotus.
In that lotus there is a little space.
What is it that lives in that little space?
The whole universe is in that little space,
Because the Creator, the source of it all,
Is in the heart of each one of us.”
I find these verses from Upanishads describe me quite well as a person and as a Carmelite, what I believe and witness with my life.
Although my family background and surroundings were very Catholic from my birth, I don’t recall any moment that I wished to become a nun. Yet, my innate attraction to inner life and the urgent longing for liberation from self in order to love freely led me to religious life and Carmel was “IT”. This longing has remained a dominant force in me all along.
I entered Carmel in South Korea in 1981, transferred to Carmel of Clinton Twp. (Michigan) in 2001 and made another transition to Carmel of Reno in 2011. Each step of the journey has been so enriching. In Reno, I have finally come home, at home with myself, at home with the world, and at home with God. So my life of contemplation, love and gratitude goes on . . . toward ever growing integration with the Whole in our evolving world.
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How Carmel of Reno Was Founded
On August 12, 1954, four nuns holding one-way tickets for Reno, Nevada, left the Carmelite Monastery in Indianapolis. The next four nuns followed a few days later, and our Carmelite life took root in a small house on 829 North Virginia Street on the Feast of St. Bartholomew.
Bishop Robert J. Dwyer, delighted that his invitation had become a reality, encouraged us in our search for land to build a permanent monastery. In time, nineteen acres were purchased in southwest Reno and we moved into our new monastery in 1958.
This stage of our journey was well in place when four years later, the Second Vatican Council opened, calling the whole Church to renewal. Over the next years, and even now, we continue to pray, study and work to incorporate these teachings into our lived experience.
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Carmel of Reno
Reno, NV 89509, USA