St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila, Spain 1515-1582) With eager hearts we study the doctrine of St. Teresa who best describes the charism of the Carmelite nun. Raised up by God to reform the Order, her teaching remains the primary source of formation for the nuns and gives guidance to their deepest yearnings:

Often I am amazed when I consider how particularly His Majesty wanted to help me found this little dwelling corner for God. I believe this is what it is; it is an abode in which His Majesty delights, for He once said to me while I was in prayer that this house was a paradise of delight for Him. And thus it seems His Majesty has selected the souls He has brought to this monastery. I live in their company very, very much ashamed. I wouldn't have known how to desire for this purpose souls such as these; so austere, poor, and prayerful. And they bear this austerity with a joy and happiness that makes each one feel unworthy to have deserved to come to a place like this. There are some, especially, whom the Lord called out of a world of much vanity and ostentation where they could have been satisfied in conformity with its laws. And the Lord has so doubled their joys in this house that they realized clearly He has given them a hundred joys for everyone they left. And they can't get enough of thanking His Majesty. With others He has changed what was good into something better. To those who are young He gives fortitude and knowledge so that they are unable to desire anything else, and they understand that to be detached from all the things of life is to live in the greatest calm, even in regard to earthly things. To those who are older and have poor health He gives strength, and He gives them the power to bear the austerity and penance the others do.” Life 35:12

Reflect, my daughters, on the judgments of God and on our obligation to serve Him who has allowed us to persevere until making profession and to live always in the house of God and be daughters of the Virgin.” Foundations 27:10

 
 


An historical sketch of the Philadelphia Carmel is available, 58-page commentary with abundant color photographs:
C
armel in Philadelphia: The First Hundred Years, by Alan Dash
($10.00). Available at below address.

Carmelite Monastery
1400 66th Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19126-2795