The Spirit Of Carmel

"And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart." (1)

Our Carmel is a life of prayer;
A charism from which all flows.
The Word, pondered with loving care,
Transforms as it takes root and grows.

"You are my friends if you do what I command you…I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father." (2)

Our Carmel forms us in the ways
Of friendship with our loving Lord:
Our prayers are petition and praise;
By His mercy we are restored.

"And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth." (3)

Our Carmel promise guides the way:
The freedom of simplicity;
The will of God as we obey;
The pure love lived in chastity.

"And he said to all, 'If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.'" (4)

Our Carmel leads us to the cross
With prayer, fasting, and sacrifice.
The soul is gain; the self is loss --
Christ crucified has paid our price.

"The community of believers was of one heart and mind" (5)

Our Carmel is community:
We share the journey side by side;
We strive to serve in unity --
In charity, our hearts abide.

"And Mary said, 'My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.'" (6)

Our Carmel is Mary's child:
She shields us with motherly care;
Her heart faithful; her way mild --
She shows us to her Son in prayer.

"that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God." (7)

Our Carmel's saints teach us the cross:
The way of prayer - St. Teresa;
Detachment - St John of the Cross;
True zeal for God - St Elijah.

" They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world…As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world." (8)

Our Carmel serves its Master's bride:
Our Mother Church we serve with zeal.
To Jesus Christ we are allied --
Our lives are witness and appeal.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven…Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." (9)

Our Carmel fosters attitudes
Of selfless service lived in love --
Guided by the beatitudes,
And strengthened by grace from above.

(c) Paul Buis, 2002

1.Luke 2:19
2. John 15:14-15
3. John 17:19
4. Luke 9:23
5. Acts of the Apostles 4: 32
6. Luke 2:46-48
7. Ephesians 3:17-19
8. John 17:16, 18
9. Matthew 5:3,5-8