Spirit of Carmel
All of Carmelite spirituality is rooted in the human heart’s deepest desire for intimate union with God. An ancient Carmelite author speaks of “tast(ing)… the power of the Divine Presence and the sweetness of the glory of the Most High, not only after death, but even in this mortal life…” St. Teresa of Avila desired that her daughters be the Lord’s intimate friends. Obedient to our Rule’s central precept to pray always, she taught them that prayer was the primary means toward this friendship with the Lord. She designed everything in Carmelite living to be ordered and directed toward preparing us for the “encounter with Divine Love”.
Since the early twelve hundreds when the first hermits of Mt. Carmel dedicated their oratory to our Lady, there has been a distinctly Marian tone to Carmelite life.