There is something very Carmelite about the season of Lent, especially when Lent is seen as not just a forty day period but as a way of being, the way of kenosis, of self-emptying. Carmelite spirituality is very much a desert spirituality,...
“A voice cries out in the wilderness ‘in the desert prepare
the way of the Lord.’ Make straight in the wasteland a highway
for our God. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain
and hill made
It is St. John who tells us that Our Lady was present at the Crucifixion. (How she bore herself, what she said — if, indeed, she spoke at all, is not recorded.
All over the world, people are giving up on things, like their New Year's Resolutions, failed relationships, and fixing the WiFi router.
Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal.
We find it hard to accept how involved God is with us, how vital we are—by his free choice—to his complete happiness.
|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."