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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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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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