As Carmelites, we strive to imbue our daily
lives with prayer. We look to Christ to teach us how to pray and to
His Blessed Mother to show us how by her example.
Our Constitutions exhort us to a
cultivate a personal discipline of prayer through the daily practice of
a half hour of mental prayer, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, and if
possible, through daily Mass.
"Let us then together
decide to make every day one of uninterrupted unification. Let us
awaken in the morning in His love, and offer ourselves to His love the
whole day. This means, follow the will of God, and live under His eyes,
with Him, in Him, and for Him alone. Let us offer ourselves to Him in
every moment, in the way that He wants. And when the evening comes,
after a dialogue of love which never stopped in our hearts, we will
fall asleep in His love."
Elizabeth of the Trinity
What is prayer and how can we pray?
"Prayer is, in my
view, nothing other than a talk with a friend. One to whom we gladly
come alone to talk with, because we are sure that he loves us."
"I am not asking you to ... make long meditations. I am asking you only to look at Him."
St.Theresa of Avila
There are many ways to pray, each
according to one's own temperament. Here are some resources to get you
started in prayer and to deepen your prayer.
- Lectio Divina is a very ancient way of praying the Scriptures so that it become a means to union with God.
- The Practice of the Presence of God,
a Carmelite spiritual classic by Bro. Lawrence in the 17th century,
describes a profound, yet simple way of contemplative spirituality. You
can download this book to read at your leisure by clicking on the title
- The Liturgy of the Hours
is a collection of psalms, readings and prayers which constitute the
breviary, the "prayer of the Church." Forgot your breviary? Print out
the Morning, Evening, and Night Prayers for today. Are you a commuter
on public transportation? Shut off your cell phones and lap-tops, and
stay awake. Carry printed pages of today's Liturgy of the Hours to make
your commute a holy journey. (Do not do this while driving!)
- The Rosary is a form of mental prayer which reflects the Carmelite's devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.
- Eucharistic Adoration
As Catholics, we believe that Christ - body, soul, and divinity, is
truly present in the Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine.
Follow this link to learn more about what Christ's Real Presence means,
what Eucharistic Adoration is, why we do it, and how to propagate this