“Carmelite identity is confirmed by formation in the Scriptures and lectio divina, in the importance of the liturgy of Church, especially the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours, and in the spirituality of Carmel, its history, the works of the Order’s saints, and formation in prayer and meditation.”
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the model and mother of our Carmelite community. Mary and the Carmelite Saints reveal to us how to know, love and trust in God.
God’s desire for us is to know Him, love Him, and trust in His love and mercy. He desires us to go on a pilgrimage through this life, like a child learning to ride a bicycle, with faith, trust, and confidence not in our own abilities – but in His! God calls us to trust in Him. Trust that He is with us every step in our journey no matter how straight, narrow, steep or rugged the path; and Mary and the Carmelite Saints show us ‘The Way’.
For St Therese of Lisieux her ‘little way’ is revealed through her “The Story of A Soul’. Therese understood that smaller we are the more ‘God stoops down to reach us’, like reaching down to pick the smallest daisy in a field of wildflowers.
What is God’s ‘way’ for you?