Our consecrated life, configured to the life of Christ by means of the three evangelical counsels taken on by the vows and by other evangelical values, is a gift from God. Its motivation is not that ‘of the world’, yet it places us in the world as witnesses to the value of life itself as a precious gift. This value, lived in the spirit of the beatitudes, transfigures the world according to the Father’s design.
My interest in the Carmelites began a long time ago, when reading “The Story of a Soul”, the autobiography of St Therese of Lisieux. Later I was able to visit some of the Holy places in France and I discovered the Shrine of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity in Dijon.
|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."