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Jesus Christ in The Writings of John of The Cross

       Regis Jordan is publisher of ICS Publications, chair of the Institute of Carmelite Studies, and superior of the community of Discalced Carmelites in Washington, DC.

       Implicitly, at least, all the works of St. John of the Cross speak to us of Jesus Christ. John was passionately in love with Jesus Christ, the center, the focal point, of his life. He writes in the "Prayer of a Soul Taken with Love":

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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."