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Author Archive: Alita Maria Covel Ngo, OCDS

Alita is the proud mother of two wonderful adult daughters, and a retired school teacher of both public and parochial schools. She credits her mom with the strong Catholic faith she enjoys today, and wishes to share the wealth of mercy and experience of divine love encountered in the Heart of Jesus throughout her life, in order to return praise and thanksgiving to Him, and draw others to know and love Him, too. She is a Secular Carmelite of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Community in the St. Joseph Province, and holds a B. A. in Liberal Studies from CSULB, and a M. A. in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary's University in Los Angeles.

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Taking Jesus on a Family Trip

July 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Taking Jesus on a Family Trip

You are a practicing Catholic and you are going with your family on another fun-filled, summer road trip.  Perhaps you have always and most graciously invited Jesus along.  If, however, you have never intentionally provided a comfortable space for Jesus in your well-earned, vacation sojourns, here are some ideas that might help to assure Jesus […]

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Why I Love St. Claude de La Colombiere

June 8, AD2018 0 Comments
Why I Love St. Claude de La Colombiere

Whenever I attend Mass on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I am consoled by these words from the Gospel. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is […]

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Do You Love Me More Than These?

May 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Do You Love Me More Than These?

Then Peter remembered the word that Jesus had said to him, ‘Before the cock crows twice you will deny me three times. He broke down and wept. ( Mark 14: 72) This verse from the Passion narrative of St. Mark’s Gospel reminds us of God’s rich mercy.  In that short passage, we understand how Jesus is […]

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The Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

March 13, AD2018 0 Comments
The Guard of Honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“Mine is the immense happiness of working, suffering, loving . . . my part is too beautiful. ” Sister Marie of the Sacred Heart When my mother died a little over a year ago, I found a hidden gem pressed between the pages of an old, precious Spanish missal.  It was a very thin folded […]

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The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

January 15, AD2018 3 Comments
The Story of the Rich Young Man: Is There Hope For Us?

In Mark 10: 17 – 27, a disappointed rich young man walked away from Jesus when He told him what was needed to become perfect.  Strangely enough, I have always been attracted by this passage. My focus, however, is not the obvious message. Instead, I look at what may be the more powerful underlying message of […]

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Are You Hoarding Your Blessings?

December 9, AD2017 2 Comments
Are You Hoarding Your Blessings?

The Parable of the Rich Fool began, “There was a rich man who had a good harvest.” I knew the passage well but had never really applied it to myself.  It was about a “foolish” man who wanted to store up his abundant harvest for himself so that he could eat, drink, and be merry “for […]

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Carmelite Spirituality: My Eyes and My Heart Will Remain Here Forever

November 14, AD2017 1 Comment
Carmelite Spirituality: My Eyes and My Heart Will Remain Here Forever

“To be a child of God means to be led by the hand of God, not one’s own will, to place every care and every hope in the hand of God and not to worry about oneself or one’s future.”-St. Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) An Annual Carmelite Retreat Two weeks ago I made […]

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Imaging God Through the Gift of Intercession

October 12, AD2017 0 Comments
Imaging God Through the Gift of Intercession

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, this is our Triune God.  He is One and inseparable.  Where the Father is, so also is the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This dynamic holds true for each person of the Trinity. Jesus tells Philip, “He who sees me sees the Father.” (John 14: 9). “The Father and I […]

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A Cat Family and the Surprises of God’s Love

September 13, AD2017 0 Comments
A Cat Family and the Surprises of God’s Love

Perfect love does not happen without suffering. Though it may sound contradictory, we often find the deepest joys of our lives emerge only after periods of suffering that push and stretch the boundaries of our hearts, creating in us pools of peace more readily able to absorb God’s purposes with confidence in His wisdom, mercy […]

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What Was Mary Thinking?

August 10, AD2017 2 Comments
What Was Mary Thinking?

“And Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) When we read the words above from the Gospel of Luke, we see Mary reflecting on all that has happened surrounding the birth of her Son, Jesus. But this is not the only time the Gospel’s author stops to tell us Mary […]

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part II

July 10, AD2017 0 Comments
St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part II

In her very short and intentionally lived life, Kateri nourished and achieved the kind of total self-giving that I am only feebly struggling toward day by day even after 60 years in a world that abounds with ever increasing opportunities for sanctity.  I believe that because of the many virtues Kateri possessed that especially resonated […]

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part I

July 9, AD2017 3 Comments
St. Kateri Tekakwitha and A Promise Kept: Part I

On October 21, 2012, the Algonquin-Mohawk woman, Kateri Tekakwitha, was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, along with six other holy men and women, in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Against All Odds, I Was There Many years before, I had promised myself that if this American Indian woman whom I had come to love, […]

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