St. Teresa of Jesus
What are the works of the Discalced Carmelite friar? What does our mission involve?
Above all, our mission is one of prayer, of seeking union with God. The Carmelite seeks this union with God not for himself alone, but for the good of the Church and of the world. Carmelite prayer is apostolic by nature, it is a service to the Church and the world. When the Carmelite stands in the presence of God in prayer, he does so always as a member of the Body of Christ, the Church. As he draws near to the Lord in faith and love, he bears all of his brothers and sisters in Christ in his heart, presenting their needs, their joys and sufferings, their praise and supplications to God. The Order of Discalced Carmelites is entrusted with the mission of being a praying presence in and for the Church and the world.