Carmel Teaches

TAG-Cloud“If Carmel has anything to say to a contemporary world, it is about prayer,” writes Carmelite Father John Welch in his book The Carmelite Way.

The first group of hermits set a Carmelite tradition of being attentive to God. They carried the Scriptures not in books, but in their minds and hearts. This tradition challenges us to be men of prayer in everything we do.

Like the prophet Elijah, we try to be alert to the God who whispers in the gentle breeze. Like Mary, we try to have complete trust in the love of God, who comes to us through contemplation.

We don’t prescribe or follow any one way of praying. Rather, we are listeners for the voice of the one who made us and who continually calls to us.

Read the reflections of various Carmelites on prayer-related topics below.

  • On Beauty
    Fr. Gregory Houck, O.Carm.
  • On Centrality
    Fr. Donald Buggert, O.Carm.
  • On Communion
    Fr. Bob Colaresi, O. Carm.
  • On Faith
    Fr. Tracy O'Sullivan, O.Carm.
  • On Prayer
    Fr. David Simpson, O.Carm.
  • On Presence
    Fr. John Malley, O.Carm.
  • On Silence
    Fr. Ernest E. Larkin, O.Carm.
  • On Value
    Fr. Simon Kenny, O.Carm.
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