Reflections on joining Carmel and what the Carmelite life involves from local members
Committing our lives to God through the promise “to live in the spirit of the Evangelical Counsels and the Beatitudes” doesn’t add anything to our baptism – it’s the way to live them fully
The world is on fire, the open struggle between Christ and Anti-Christ has begun. To take part for Christ could cost you your life. Weigh well what you are committing yourself to…. Edith Stein
The first Carmelites were laymen, probably Crusaders and pilgrims. They found a deeper way of fighting for Christ, an interior way of seeking the Holy Place. Like many lay people of their day they wanted a committed following of Christ characterised by simplicity, poverty and community. They wanted to live close to Christ, imitating his life and the life of the earliest Christians, where poverty was expressed primarily through holding all things in common.
Spiritual reading is not like ordinary reading. There’s no skimming& skipping, picking-out interesting bits & leaving the rest, reading the end or middle first before we even begin. Spiritual reading asks us to slow down, to chew over the words and brood on them.
The Primitive Rule of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel given by St. Albert, Patriarch of Jerusalem and corrected, emended and confirmed by Pope Innocent IV. This Rule is one of only four in the Church. It is deeply biblical and close to the Rule of St Augustine in its inspiration from the early Church in Acts. The Rule combines this communal life of brotherly love with the imitation of the solitary prayer of Jesus.
Being committed to living the Beatitudes is being committed to an interior imitation of Christ.
Elijah is a model of Carmelite life as prophetic-contemplative-apostolic.
The desert is a place where God is met & speaks to us and a place of struggle with all the things that prevent our surrender to God in love