St. Teresa’s deepest conviction as a Carmelite was to imitate the way of life of the early hermits of the Order. She often said: “Let us remember our holy fathers of past days, the hermits whose lives we attempt to imitate. What sufferings they bore, what solitude, cold, thirst and hunger, what burning sun and heat! And yet they had no one to complain to except God.” She also said to her daughters: “For the whole manner of life we are trying to live is making us, not only nuns, but hermits, like the holy fathers our predecessors.” In the way of life instituted by Ss. Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross, the Carmelite monks find the means necessary to return to the pristine charism of those first hermits on Mount Carmel.
Welcome! Pace e Bene! Peace and All Good! This blog explores the nature of consecrated life in the western Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on contemplative life, prayer, solitude, spirituality, and other supportive practices. A lay eremitic and anchorite charism informs the inspiration for this work. Comments are welcome. Many blessings to you and your family. Father. Son. Spirit. Amen.
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Prayer for the Year of Consecrated Life
Father God, from the first days of humanity you called women and men to a life of perfection. You gave us hearts capable of extraordinary love and self-emptying for others. Your love called from within us vows of devotion and dedication. In the fullness of Jesus and Mary you taught us the sacred counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience.
God our Father, during this Year of Consecrated Life, teach and guide us to a life of perfection. Teach your people the beauty and depth of Jesus and Mary's eremitic and contemplative life of prayer and their singular dedication to solitude, silence, and service.
Continue to enrich your Church by giving her priests, bishops, and religious leaders the capacity to look beyond existing institutional models of consecrated life. Enable in Church leaders the capacity to support new and emerging ways of living the evangelical life of Jesus in today's world.
You are calling people of all ages to follow Jesus - the young and old alike. May Mother Church have the wisdom to support both the young and those called through later life vocations.
Having found the pearl of great price, we treasure the Kingdom of Heaven above all things. Father God, we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- An original prayer from Vox Eremita.