Life of Union with God
We consider prayer a means to acquire the oil of the Spirit in friendship with the Father. Our spirituality is marked both by what is new and what is old, expressing a renewal of tradition by the breath of the Holy Spirit.
Our friendship with God is nourished by continual prayer according to the Eastern Christian tradition and by faithfully following the Carmelite tradition of contemplative prayer.
Quiet contemplative prayer is essential to our lives. We believe that leading a contemplative life allows us to adhere to the beatitude of those who see God and become progressively more like Him, thus confirming the words of Saint John: “When Jesus will appear, we know we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is” (1 Jn 3:2).
This heart to heart relationship with God bears much fruit. In effect, this contemplative life leads us to an openness, both at a personal and communal level, to the action of the Holy Spirit. We are called to surrender with increasing abandon and to become collaborators with the Holy Spirit.
“Contemplation is but a secret, peaceful, and loving inflow of God. If you give it space, it sets man on fire with the spirit of love” (Saint John of the Cross).
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
We take turns, each day, to spend time in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sun of Love. As we persevere in this quiet prayer we let go of our works and allow the gaze of the One Who Is to penetrate us.
Rumination on the Word
The words of Holy Scripture fill us with delight. Through Lectio Divina, a contemplative and prayerful reading of the Word of God, we learn to study the Scriptures in depth, to keep them in our hearts and thus be conformed to the wisdom of God, which confounds the mighty and lifts up the lowly. Following the example of the Virgin Mary, daughter of Israel, we shall keep those words, day and night, in our hearts and, tracing the footsteps of the Chosen People, we draw from the tradition of the Fathers the treasures in the Word.