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Prayer

Our life is a life of Prayer.

Prayer and life are inseparable in the Carmelite tradition.

That is why we are more inclined to speak of Carmelite Spirituality rather than just prayer.

All of our Carmelite saints were drawn to a deep personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

For this reason we give two hours daily to silent, meditative prayer as well as creating an environment of silence and prayer in our monasteries throughout the day.

community

Although Carmel is best known for the call to contemplative prayer, from the beginning St. Teresa formed “small groups of friends” to support and encourage one another in that life of prayer.

We pray,work and laugh together but above all we have been drawn together by a common vocation: a call to the ministry of prayer and the gift of ourselves at the heart of the Church; a call to intercession for the needs of the Church and the world, bringing healing and peace to our own hearts and the hearts of our sisters and brothers in a broken world.

Through silence, meditation, work and mutual love, they strive to take the inner journey for and on behalf of humanity. While committing ourselves to this Teresian way of life, we do so with creativity, welcoming and integrating all that is good in our present time and culture.

solitude

There is a part of the monastery and the garden for the use of the community alone and as far as is practical we do not leave this sacred space.

Even within this common space, each one has her own room where she can work, read and pray when not employed in the other business of the community.

During our occupations throughout the day we try to acknowledge that presence within.

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