Our charism is born from ecclesial experience of Francisco Palau, who received the Spirit of calling to live the commandment of love: “Love of God and love of neighbor.” We experience this mandate as love for the Church wherein Christ is the Head and His Body is within us.
“The congregation of all people united in Christ, its Head, [the Church] is your beloved.” (MR 10,5, 2nd)
This ecclesial experience of “knowing that we are the Body of Christ,” has made us syntonize with humanity in a new manner. We recognize ourselves as an image of God and sisters of all people, and because of that, we rejoice with those who rejoice and we suffer with those who suffer, that is committing our whole life in favor of those who do not fully enjoy of being a family of God.
The name of Teresian Carmelite Missionaries encloses the origin and meaning of our vocation. Our religious family has its roots in the prophetic passion of Elijah, and in the contemplative and missionary spirit of Teresa of Jesus and John of the Cross.
Teachings and experiences of the Saints of Carmel illumine our vocation.
Our spirituality is no other thing than a concrete manner of living charism received from our Founder, our manner of being and living.
WE ARE CONTEMPLATIVE
- We contemplate Christ as Head of the Church and we build our friendship up with Him. Being alone with Him for so many times has reminded us His unfailing love.
- We contemplate Christ to be present and visible to our brethren, we discover that each person bears an imprinted image of God.
- The union with God and love for brethren are two faces of one and same love that makes our prayer the very first of our apostolic services.
WE ARE MISSIONARIES
From contemplative sight into the profound image of each person, our missionary commitment has come up to construct relationships of an image of the Trinity or communion:
- Announcing the profound beauty of every human being.
“I see in you… the image of the Triune God… you are amiable just like God, beautiful and adorable like God, because this beauty is no other thing than the beauty of God imprinted in a person and communicated to creatures.” (MR 9,18)
- Realizing the liberating and healing services has committed us with the wounded, marginalized and suffering humanity.
“Look at this Body that is his Church, wounded and crucified, indigenous, persecuted, despised and mocked. And under this consideration, offer yourself to take care of it and give it those services that are at your hand.” (Letter 42,2)
WE ARE FRATERNAL
We live our missionary vocation in fraternal union, with the style of relationships of depth, gratuity and openness, founded in love. In this way we are sign and stimulus for all men and women; we do not stay close to ourselves, but we feel the urgent call to become a family with the whole humanity.
“We will become one with God in faith, hope and charity; we will construct only one family.”(SVV III,52)