Thursday, May 12, 2011
From the 'Little Catechism of Prayer' by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen...
"The Contemplative life is a form of the Christian life in which we endeavor to live not only FOR God, but also WITH God. It is not restricted to religious, but can be lived perfectly in the world. This life is wholly centered on the quest for divine intimacy, to attain which it calls for repeated spiritual exercises throughout the day.
Prayer occupies the first place in the contemplative life. Practically, the contemplative life is the life of prayer. Hence, contemplative Orders devote much time to prayer.
Carmelites give themselves to many pious exercises: they make mental prayer twice daily, assist at Holy Mass, recited the Divine Office, and apply themselves to the Presence of God throughout they day."