Just last week we celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Despite what you might have thought as a child (see the meme below), Carmelites are not simply sugar free candies. Learn a little bit about the Carmelites in this post.
Carmelites refer to the members of the Order of the Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel. This religious order laid its roots sometime during the 12th century on Mount Carmel in Palestine.
Their rule of life was given to them by Saint Albert Avogadro, and states that Carmelites should “live a life in allegiance to Jesus Christ – how, pure in heart and stout in conscience, must be answering in the service of the Master”.
Carmelites strive to achieve this goal by spending an abundance of time in deep contemplation and dialogue with God. They are known to meditate on the Gospel often and also pray as a group several times a day. In addition to this, they receive daily Communion and perform a lot of manual labor. Carmelites will claim nothing as their own, but believe in group ownership of all belongings.
Saint Therese of Lisieux was a Carmelite nun, as well as Saint Teresa of Avila. Saint John of the Cross was a Carmelite friar.