'I will lead her into the desert, and there in solitude,
I will speak to her heart'.
Saint Teresa writes in the Way of Perfection: ‘I do not think; you realize how much you owe to God for withdrawing you so entirely from all earthly cares, from occasions of sin, and from the society of the world. This is a very special favour’.
- Under the impulse of the Holy Spirit, many have retired to solitude where they adore the Father and listen to His Word. ‘They have chosen the one thing necessary, the better part, and it will not be taken from them’. (Luke 10).
- Enclosure is essential to the Carmelite Vocation.
- It is never to be considered merely as a means to the goal of our life.
- Enclosure involves a life of silence and solitude ordered towards finding in the Spouse the living water of contemplation.
- We must, like Saint Teresa, be moved by the Holy Spirit to live in a special state of withdrawal and solitude.
- Enclosure frees the Carmelite so that she may belong to God with an undivided heart.
- To us Carmelites of the twenty-first century, falls the mission of preserving the solitude of the desert, in the heart of a world
of speed and action.