Wednesday, January 11, 2012

History of Carmel

The Carmelite Order developed from a group of hermits living on Mt. Carmel in the Holy Land. They followed the example of the Prophet Elijah in his search for God. These early hermits were dedicated to Our Lady.

Today, the Order of Carmel is still following in the footsteps of those early hermits who sought to meditate on the law of the Lord day and night.

While the lay person may find it difficult to pray day and night, St. Paul in his first letter to the Thessalonians exhorts us to, "pray constantly."

In whatever task we are doing, as Christians, we are called to do everything with love and with God in mind. As Carmelites, we are striving for that purity of heart of which Our Lord spoke about in his Sermon on the Mount..."Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God." (Matthew 5:3-12)

A Secular Carmelite promises not only poverty, chastity, and obedience, according to his or her state of life but also promises to live according to the Beatitudes. Carmelite spirituality helps us in our quest for union with God.

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