To the Most Reverend Father
Prior General of the Order of the Brothers
of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
1. It is with great joy that I learnt that the ancient Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is celebrating its General Chapter and is animated by the desire to continue to serve Christ and the Church in complete fidelity to its charism and to the directives of the pontifical Magisterium.
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."