Don’t You Wish this Sign was on Every Church Door in the USA?

by Steve Ray on April 15, 2015

This sign confronts everyone entering the Carmelite Monastery Church of St. Joseph. This was the 1st convent started by St. Teresa of Avila. 

Don’t you wish it was on every church door in America?   :-) 


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Peter Shafton April 15, 2015 at 5:48 PM

It’s that little bit of the Divine within each of us that resonates with inspiring thoughts like this. A great way to prepare our mind as we enter God’s house. Thank you Steve for sharing this.

Edna A April 16, 2015 at 6:48 PM

I have reminders projected to the monitors in church before mass and I would add the same message translated into our language. But I do wish and pray we all behave this way upon entering any church any time. Thanks for posting.

DvoraOCDS April 19, 2015 at 12:33 AM

I am a Secular Carmelite and I have visited the Monastery of Saint Joseph on more than one occasion. Because it is a popular tourist attraction in Castilla y Leon, and especially in Avila, there is a need for this type of sign. Tourists forget that it is a “working” monastery where Discalced Carmelite nuns live; they are working, praying, studying, and sharing the common life in that little “college of Christ,” as St. Teresa referred to her Sisters. The monastic choir is adjacent to monastery’s church, ergo the need for respectful silence on the part of the tourists so that the nuns may pray the Liturgy of the Hours with some semblance of serenity.
But honestly, I would not want to see this type of sign on my parish door, even though we are located across the street from a major convention center and have hosted the Super Bowl and Final Four. In our experience, we emphasize invitation and find that our visitors have an instinct for showing respect.

Leo May 12, 2015 at 9:01 PM

Great invitation for true worship. I think why we can worship God wherever we are by varying means, certain places demand special respect. It’s like saying, “shhhh, the president is here”. But this is even bigger. The Decency. Of the Nuns here has to be taken into account too.

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