Dialogue is an interpersonal communication where I reveal and give to the other person something of myself. The other person likewise gives me something of themselves. Giving-receiving; gift; reciprocal communication; welcome; reciprocal listening: these together constitute the nucleus and basic dynamism of dialogue.
The dynamism of fraternity functions in the dialectic relationship and integration between the individual and the community. It must be made clear that the community exists for the individual, i.e., its goal is the full maturing of the individual. The community is in fact made up of individuals and,
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Fraternity cannot be taken for granted. It is a continual risk that enjoys happy moments, periods of great drive and energy and, at times, moments of morbid introversion, difficulties and crises. Because of this it needs a solid theological foundation which animates it and allows it to express itself with ever greater vitality.
|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."