It is often true to say that the present is deeply rooted in the past; it is certainly very true to say so of the Carmelite Rite as we have it today. For that body of liturgical books — the Missal, the Breviary, the Ceremonial, and the rest — which directs the liturgical life of the Order, has not remained unchanged in the course of centuries. Rather, the Carmelite Rite as we know it today is the result of seven centuries of development,
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."