“Be ye therefore perfect as also your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48)
“The Third (Secular) Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and of the Holy Mother Saint Teresa of Jesus is an association of persons who, though living in the world, desire to aim at Christian perfection in the way most suitable to their state of life, under the protection of the August Queen of Carmel, and in imitation of the many saints whose virtues have adorned her venerable Order." -
From the manual of the of the Third (secular) Order of Our Blessed Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus
Many people feel an interior desire to enjoy a greater intimacy with God. “Carmel not only invites souls to come and eat of the fruits of her vineyard and the best fruits thereof, but she clothes them as well in the garment of salvation and the livery of the Queen of Heaven. The bestowal of a garment is a token of a most intimate friendship. Jacob gave to Joseph, the child of his predilection, a robe of many colours as pledge of his tender love. Anna brought to her little son Samuel a tunic made by her own hands as token of her maternal solicitude. Jonathan despoiled himself of his princely garments to clothe David, because he loved him ‘as his own soul,’ and Eliseus demanded the mantle of Elias, as the most precious inheritance of his departing father; so the most holy Virgin has woven in Heaven a garment for her exiled children, and has made the Order of Carmel her almoner to distribute the precious gift as a token of her unceasing care and a ‘sign of salvation.’
The Scapular, then, is the great and distinctive devotion of Carmel, the priceless treasure of Mary’s chosen Order. The extraordinary favours accorded to it, through the infinite mercy of God, have been gratefully received and treasured for centuries by the learned and the simple, the great and the humble children of Mary the Mother of Mercy and Queen of Carmel." (Mt. Carmel, chapter VIII, pages 95 - 96)
All Carmelites are devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. She is the great example for the tertiary of patiently accepting our state of life and living it in union with God. As Our Lady’s only desire whilst on earth, was to do the will of God, we as tertiaries turn to her constantly to teach and guide us in this way of total abandonment to His Holy Will.
Our vocation is a hidden life of prayer and sacrifice, offering all the duties of the day and keeping our Carmelite Rule, for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. This simple life, if faithfully lived, is most pleasing to God and brings great peace and joy to the soul.
The Third Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Teresa of Jesus was revived in 1991 at The Child Jesus and St. Joseph Church, Rockdale, NSW Australia.
For more information, please contact:
Contact the novice mistress for the Australian and New Zealand congregation of the Carmelite third order.
Mrs. Davina Thomas
13 Muir Street, Gonville
Email - [email protected]
Mob. - +64 210 2432 080
Spiritual Director : Father Sayed Elias
PO Box 100
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