CARMELITE MONASTERY, TRANQUILLA,

KNOCK, CLAREMORRIS,

CO. MAYO, IRELAND.

 

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The Carmelite life is a particular way of following Christ and serving the whole of humanity, by a life of solitary prayer lived in community.

A contradiction?   No.

Here the values of hermit and community living unite in a synthesis which is rich and fulfilling.

Carmel is a space where one is free to give oneself completely to God in a life of prayer, accompanied by the joyful support of other women who are responding to the same call. (c.f. our Pages here: FREEDOM and FRIENDSHIP).

Though cloistered, its horizons are limitless. Bearing the whole human family in her heart before God, the Carmelite's apostolate transcends time and space. "It is like embracing the Infinite", (Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity).

PRAYER takes many forms: e.g.

  silent personal prayer in solitude and in community;

  the public prayer of the Church, the Divine Office, prayed in common several times each day;

  being drawn ever more deeply into the mystery of Christ through the ever-new, annual unfolding of the liturgical seasons from Advent to Pentecost.

Each day, prayer, work, relaxation with one's Sisters blend into one seamless whole, lived simply and joyfully in the presence of God.

It is a life characterised by joy, friendship and freedom.

 

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