The Carmelite Superiors General (from O.Carm. and O.C.D.) today posted a Letter on the Centenary of the Formula Vitae on the website of the Information Service of the Discalced Carmelite Curia. This year was selected for the celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Formula Vitae written by St. Albert of Jerusalem (1205-1214).
The Letter discusses implications for our lives today, drawn from the Rule of St. Albert as reflected in the writings of the Carmelite saints. Here is an excerpt from that Letter:
A relationship with Jesus Christ is the defining influence on the spiritual life of the consecrated religious, and indeed of all the faithful, and for this reason we wish to underline the importance the universal call to holiness. Our experience as Carmelites, marked by our intimacy with God, on one hand expresses a great passion for the Church, and on the other, an attentive and generous consideration of the individual. Our Saints hand down to us this double mission, which is the result of a mystical experience, that enlarges the heart and makes the proclamation of the Word efficacious.
St. Teresa of Jesus is prepared to give her life a thousand times for a single soul, encourages the sisters to pray, and tries to inspire them with love for the wellbeing of souls. Their life in the Carmel is for the Church and for humanity.