How to Live and Pray Like a Carmelite Without Joining a Monastery

Carmelite spirituality focuses heavily on this; that there is meaning even in the simplest things of life, the smallest tasks, the greatest tribulations. It is in realizing that this life is a pilgrimage that we discover the joy of life and the joy of God. Cardinal Anders Arborelius, O.C.D., in his book Carmelite Spirituality: The Way of Carmelite Prayer and Contemplation, explains it thusly: “…as Teresa of Avila said, ‘Our life is always andar con Jesús, to walk with Jesus.’ This truth has many dimensions: mystical, dogmatical, ethical, liturgical. We can become more and ore conscious of these aspects during our earthly pilgrimage. There is always something new to discover on the road. One of the most essential things is to keep growing, to become more and more a pilgrim. Fundamentally, this means that we have to discover the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity as guidelines and lights for our path through life. These theological virtues or attitudes help us to see the traces of God everywhere and give us the force to follow in the footsteps of His Son. They bind us to Him with the tender links of His love.”

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