Carmel is prayer. Carmel is contemplation. And contemplation is talking to God as with a friend. At prayer, we are fed with the spiritual food that will strengthen us throughout the day. And our "main meal" is found daily at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass--Jesus, in the Holy Eucharist. In the heat and haste of our modern journey through life, Jesus invites us: "Come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you." And he promises us that: "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood, lives in me and I in him." Jesus abides with us Emmanuel--God with us.
Because of our title, Divine Heart of Jesus, we have a mission to offer reparation to Jesus for the denial and unbelief of his divinity. We do this especially through our weekly adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
In addition to Holy Mass, we also have two half hours of meditation, chant the Divine Office together, pray the rosary and the stations of the cross daily, have spiritual reading and adore the Exposed Blessed Sacrament. And why pray so much? Because without Christ we can do nothing. Prayer brings heaven to earth. In heaven we will be caught in the loving presence of the God who created us--the God who is Love. In the end there are three things, faith, hope and love and the greatest of these is love!
We received a real family spirit from our Foundress, Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph. This family spirit produces cooperation in all our relations. We feel at home with each Sister in any different convent or country. Our living together in the name of the Lord gives witness to others that in spite of our different backgrounds and nationalities Christ unites us and brings harmony. In a piece of good music, each notes differs and yet there can be melody and harmony to produce beautiful sound. So it is also in community. We value every Sister, not because of the position she holds or has held in the community but because she is our Sister!
Oneness of mind and heart is most important. We know that our belief in Christ and his Church is what brings us together and helps us to grow in the love of God and for one another. "He who is not with me, scatters," Jesus said. This is why in unity there is strength. In the sharing of our spiritual and natural talents in community, we bring Christ a rich harvest. Community can also be a source of support for our personal limitations. We are encouraged by our Sisters to persevere in striving for holiness.
We provide "A Home Away from Home" for children and the elderly. In our Central Province, the Sisters care for the elderly at St. Agnes Home in Kirkwood, MO and Carmel Home in Owensboro, KY. On the same property in Kirkwood, the Sisters also care for children ages 2-5 at their Carmelite Child Development Center
Our Foundress, Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph received the grace from the Holy Spirit to unite prayer to apostolic works in our Carmel, DCJ. Her words to us were "See God in all, serve God in all and love God in all."
Our day begins, flows and ends with prayer and work. As a spring flows down the mountain to refresh the earth and make the grass and flowers live, so does our prayer give life to all our apostolic works. Through our prayer, we are able to bring God's presence to the children and the elderly whom we serve. We strive to fulfill the wish of our Venerable Mother Foundress, Mother Maria Teresa of St. Joseph, when she wrote, "A true Carmelite of the Divine Heart of Jesus should come down from the heights of Carmel to grief-laden, peaceless humanity like an angel of peace and comfort." Wherever the Carmel of the Divine Heart of Jesus is, people find a home.
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