“…your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col 3: 3)
The origin of the Teresian Carmelites or “discalced” and the meaning of our vocation in the Church are closely linked to the process of spiritual life and the charism of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross.
Driven by the love of Christ, our Holy Mother Teresa is part of the great living tradition, which after centuries attracts towards Mount Carmel, to find God in solitude and silence. Wounded by the breaks in the unity of the Church of her time and discovering new missionary horizons, she renews Carmel giving it a strong apostolic motivation.
The first Carmel was founded by Teresa was San José de Avila, in Spain, on the feast day of the Apostle St. Bartholomew, August 24, 1562. In the blue sky that summer morning, resounded the toll of a bell announcing that there our Lord had settled together with his daughters. Thus began a new lifestyle in the Church.
Over these four centuries they have blossomed as budding almond trees in the spring, hundreds of little dovecots where the Lord is served.
There are currently more than 800 monasteries in the world, with about 12,000 Discalced Carmelites whose incessant prayer are the beating heart of the Church. (Pope John Paul II)