- A n t i c i p a t i n g t h e K i n g d o m -
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
'"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, [then] I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me" (Rev 3:20). To these words of Jesus in the Book of Revelation, we want to answer with the Church, his bride : "Come, Lord Jesus! Maranatha!" (Rev. 22:16). Since our foundation, we have this faith that the Kingdom of God is at hand, and that we are called to anticipate his coming by the gift of our lives to Christ.
This longing for the Kingdom of heaven unites the different aspects of our charism:
1) The Communion of States of Life: in heaven, all states of life in the Church (priests, sisters, lay families & singles) will be united in worship. We share in common, with all three states of life, a vocation of prayer and fraternal communion, combining a contemplative dimension with numerous apostolic and missionary activities. We imitate the early disciples of Jesus who "devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers" (Acts 2:42).
2) Unity: we pray a common liturgy with the Eastern Church (Byzantine Vespers), take part in the prayer of Israel (Friday evening Shabbat), and are inspired by Protestant zeal for the Word of God and the desire to bring Christ to all people. In heaven, all Christians, as well as the People of the First Covenant (Jewish), are called to participate in the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. But this invitation also includes every person "who seeks God with a sincere heart." Therefore, we follow our Pope, Francis, as he invites the Church to "go to the outskirts," with an open mind and heart and without any fear. The Community, together with "the Church, awaits that day, known to God alone, on which all peoples will address the Lord in a single voice and 'serve him shoulder to shoulder'" (Soph. 3:9 in Nostra Aetate 4).
3) The charismatic dimension of our spirituality means experiencing the grace of the Holy Spirit, flowing from the goodness and tenderness of God's Fatherhood (St. Therese of Lisieux), the true freedom found in Jesus, and the joy and peace the Holy Spirit gives to the human heart. Our Carmelite Spirituality roots this experience in the depth of our hearts, and the daily adoration of the Blessed Sacrament reminds us that Christ our King is already in our midst, seeking adorers in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:23).
4) Beauty: "How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!" (Ps. 84:1). Our liturgy and whole way of life wants to express the beauty of heaven and longing for the Kingdom, our true homeland. Beauty reminds us of the goodness of God and the dignity of our lives, and every human life.
This key insight of our Community's foundation is summed up in our Book of Life #2:
"Seized by this eschatological reality and fascinated by the perfection of the world to come,
the Community of the Beatitudes wants to proclaim by its life, in an implicit and explicit proclamation,
the reality of the Kingdom and the imminence of its coming;
it anticipates it by fraternal life, sacramental life, adoration and liturgy,
in which 'we take part in a foretaste of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated
in the holy city of Jerusalem toward which we journey as pilgrims.'”