Dear sisters, it is a grace to live in these places, in which – as Psalm 87 says – “All my springs are in you”. The love for the humanity of Christ, which permeates the whole spiritual experience of Sr. Madre Teresa, finds here, in the places where He was born, lived, died and rose, constant stimulation and nourishment. Together with this source, there is another equally abundant from which you can draw: it is the eremitic and monastic tradition, from which Carmel sprang, with the community of the first hermits iuxta fontem Eliae and the Rule of Saint Albert. The continuity with the original Fathers, so dear to S. Teresa, constitutes a constant call to prayer and contemplation (cf. 5M 1.2).
P. Saverio Cannistrà, ocd