Carmel Bulletin, 1 September 2013
The many and various embodiments of the Carmelite charism are for us a source of joy; they confirm the rich and creative fruitfulness of our charism, lived under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit…
Carmelite Constitutions, article 28
At the same time, we belong to a global family. We share a common bond with religious and lay people who are drawn to Carmel around the world; from East Timor, to the newly constituted Filipino province, to the Carmelite parish church that is literally ‘down the road’ from St Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Our church already reflects our particular character as a Carmelite Family Parish. Much of this is visual and obvious – we can see images of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the prophet Elijah, of Carmelite saints, and even a Carmelite shield here and there. While such a visual culture is important, we also have the opportunity now to shape the church so we do not just look like a Carmelite parish, but live like a Carmelite parish: with genuine hospitality, with a stronger sense of community, with times and places for contemplation and solitude, and with a commitment to humble and dedicated service of God and neighbour.