- O u r S p i r i t u a l i t y :
E u c h a r i s t i c , M a r i a n , a n d C a r m e l i t e -
"Through the eyes of faith, we see in the consecrated host the hidden glory of the Word who became flesh. Thus we desire to have the Blessed Sacrament exposed in each of our houses and seek wherever possible that He may be worshiped day and night in perpetual adoration."
Book of Life 25
Vatican II states that “taking part in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, [the faithful] offer the divine victim to God, and offer themselves along with it.” Through the beauty of our liturgy and our daily commitment to one hour of silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, we deepen our contemplation of the mystery of our Lord being truly present to us in the Eucharist.
2) A Marian Community
"'The community belongs to the Holy Virgin'...it expresses the experience that we have of being chosen by our Heavenly Mother, and will always remain for us a source of joy and complete trust."
Book of Life 9
Besides Mass, Liturgy of the Hours and daily adoration, the brothers and sisters also pray the rosary, knowing that Mary helps us to be spiritually fruitful in what we do for Jesus. At the beginning of our Community, there was already a strong Marian presence and devotion which influenced our spirituality; since then all the community members from around the world have been consecrating themselves daily to Mary with the words of St. Louis de Monfort, which JP II cherished so much:
"In the presence of all the heavenly court, I choose you this day, O Mary, for my Mother and Queen. I deliver and consecrate to you, as your slave, my body and my soul; my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present, and future, leaving to you the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to your good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity."
Many Marian sanctuaries have been entrusted to our care.
3) Carmelite Spirituality
"The community recognizes prayer life as its primary grace. In it, we are 'all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, being changed into his likeness from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit' (2 Co 3:18). We believe that our prayer life allows us to enter the happiness of seeing God, and little by little to resemble Him more..."
"Thus prayer, a pure dialogue of love, takes a central place in our lives because it is the royal way that leads to the knowledge of Him who is all Love; 'Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love' (1 Jn 4:8)."
"The brothers and sisters of the Community therefore commit to at least an hour a day of silent prayer, in simplicity and humility of heart, and they will strive to fight all temptations to distract them from this goal. They will learn, according to Carmelite spirituality, to persevere in the journey through the practice of vocal and mental prayer."
Excerpts from Book of Life 26
Our spirituality is nourished by the Carmelite saints, especially Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Therese of Lisieux (see Rose Petal Evenings, for example). Their writings guide us in our spiritual journey and mystical life. The union to God they promote is what we seek in our daily lives, especially through silent prayer (like our the daily hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the core of our prayer lives) as well as monthly moments of desert (silence and solitude) to renew God's place at the center of our lives.
From St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila, we learn union to God in our daily lives in all that we do. From St. Therese of the Child Jesus, we receive the joy and freedom of spiritual childhood, banishing all fear by trusting completely in God who is nothing but tender Fatherhood and Mercy within Mercy.
4) The Word of God
The living Word of God is a source of daily inspiration and nourishment .
"At the invitation of Psalms 1:2, we meditate on the Word of God day and night. In this way, we enter into to the school of the Virgin Mary who 'kept all these things in her heart' (Lk 2:51). The word is always new for everyone who receives it from the Holy Spirit. The scriptures are a boundless treasure from which we can draw without ceasing according to our desire and love for God. In each of our homes, the Community will regularly practice Lectio Divina, reading praying and meditating on the Word of God."
Book of Life 29