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One cannot desire

One cannot desire freedom from the Cross when one is especially chosen for the Cross.

Edith Stein

God desires the smallest degree

God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform.

St  John of the Cross

We, Carmelites, have always thought of Mary

We, Carmelites, have always thought of Mary as the Patron of the Order,  its Mother and Splendour; she is constantly before our eyes and in our hearts as “the Virgin Most Pure.” Looking to her, and living in spiritual intimacy with her, we learn to stand before God, and with one another, as the Lord’s brothers.

(Carmelite Constitutions)

Carmelites see in the Virgin Mary

Carmelites see in the Virgin Mary, Mother of God and archetype of the Church, the perfect image of all that they want and hope to be. 

(Carmelite Constitutions)

From Elijah, Carmelites learn

From Elijah, Carmelites learn to be people of the desert, with heart undivided, standing before God and entirely dedicated to his service, uncompromising in the choice to serve God’s cause, aflame with a passionate love for God.

(Carmelite Constitutions)


The Carmelites see in Elijah a solitary prophet who nurtured his thirst for the one and only God, and lived in his presence. He is the contemplative, burning with passionate love for the Absolute who is God.

(Carmelite Constitutions)



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."