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Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality - 5. Carmel is in the classic Catholic Tradition

Lay Carmelites seek God's presence in prayer while living an active life in the world. This duality of contemplative prayer and active ministry was modeled by the first Carmelites who lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, then later became mendicants in the cities of Europe.

Carmel is in the classic Catholic Tradition

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Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality - 4. Carmel is in harmony with the teaching office of the Pope and the bishops

Lay Carmelites seek God's presence in prayer while living an active life in the world. This duality of contemplative prayer and active ministry was modeled by the first Carmelites who lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, then later became mendicants in the cities of Europe.

Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality 3. Carmel is spiritual

Lay Carmelites seek God's presence in prayer while living an active life in the world. This duality of contemplative prayer and active ministry was modeled by the first Carmelites who lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, then later became mendicants in the cities of Europe.

Carmel is spiritual

We are a community centred on the word of God.

Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality 2. Carmel is Eucharistic

Lay Carmelites seek God's presence in prayer while living an active life in the world. This duality of contemplative prayer and active ministry was modeled by the first Carmelites who lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, then later became mendicants in the cities of Europe.

Carmel is Eucharistic

The second characteristic I’d like to talk about is that Carmel is Eucharistic.

Nine Themes in Carmelite Spirituality - 1. Carmel is Christocentric

Lay Carmelites seek God's presence in prayer while living an active life in the world. This duality of contemplative prayer and active ministry was modeled by the first Carmelites who lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, then later became mendicants in the cities of Europe.

Carmel is Christocentric

The first characteristic of Carmel is that we are Christocentric.

My Journey in Carmel

My journey in Carmel began through personal contact with Carmelites. As a child - and later as a member of the Third Order - my mother was a regular visitor to Aylesford after the return of the friars fifty years ago. My own personal involvement with the Carmelite family began in 1997, when I went to university at York. The Catholic Chaplain on campus, Fr. Tony Lester, was a Carmelite living in community with several other friars. Tony’s direction has challenged me to mature in ways I never envisaged.

Journey of a Secular Carmelite

It is a joy and a struggle to live the life of a new spouse of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to balance that with the joys and struggles of the secular life as a wife and mother to seven boys. (I am a wife and a mother to 7 wonderful (and challenging)boys. I began my journey to Carmel in November of 2007 and am so grateful to Our Lord for calling me to such a beautiful vocation.)

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."