CARMEL...A LIFE OF PRAYER AND FRIENDSHIP
Gift of Self
The basic requirement Jesus made in the Gospels if we would follow Him. In this way the Carmelite lives as love in the heart of the Church, bearing good fruits for others.
The enclosure of Carmel provides protected space for a life of prayer. In prayer we find the greatest joy, and the way of following Jesus. Genuine intimacy with Him teaches us love of neighbor.
Carmel would not exist without the Blessed Virgin. As our Mother she quietly and gently brings us to her Son and shows us how to live a hidden life with Him. Her role in the economy of salvation as Queen and Beauty of Carmel was experienced mystically by the prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel (1Kings 18:44).
Since we are called to be love in the heart of the Church, our apostolate is contemplative and excludes active ministry. Ours is a simple life of prayer.
Carmel is a family. The communities are small, as St Teresa wished, so that a family-like atmosphere might be fostered. Our days are balanced between times of solitude for personal prayer, study and work, and community acts, including the Holy Mass, Divine Office, meals and recreation.