Carmelite Sisters Water Recipe
Chopped angelica root
Add the following to four ounces of vodka to create the water used by the Carmelite Sisters in 1379:
Three tablespoons of chopped melissa
Three tablespoons of chopped angelica root
One tablespoon of cloves,
One-half teaspoon of coriander seeds,
One whole nutmeg
One stick of cinnamon
Juice from one lemon
Allow the concoction to sit for seven days with the exception of shaking it once per day. Strain before using. Carmelite Sisters water is traditionally used in healing spells.
Saint of the Day
Born into an aristocratic family in Barcelona, Spain, Joachima was 12 when she expressed a desire to become a Carmelite nun. But her life took an altogether different turn at 16 with her marriage to a young lawyer, Theodore de Mas. Both deeply devout, they became secular Franciscans. During their 17 years of married life they raised eight children.
The normalcy of their family life was interrupted when Napoleon invaded Spain. Joachima had to flee with the children; Theodore, remaining behind, died. Though Joachima reexperienced a desire to enter a religious community, she attended to her duties as a mother. At the same time, the young widow led a life of austerity and chose to wear the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis as her ordinary dress. She spent much time in prayer and visiting the sick.
Four years later, with some of her children now married and younger ones under their care, Joachima confessed her desire to a priest to join a religious order. With his encouragement she established the Carmelite Sisters of Charity. In the midst of the fratricidal wars occurring at the time, Joachima was briefly imprisoned and, later, exiled to France for several years.
Sickness ultimately compelled her to resign as superior of her order. Over the next four years she slowly succumbed to paralysis, which caused her to die by inches. At her death in 1854 at the age of 71, Joachima was known and admired for her high degree of prayer, deep trust in God and selfless charity.