The Gospel

Carmel is deeply rooted in the Christian tradition, with faith in God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Our major source of inspiration are the Gospels and the whole Bible

The original Rule of Carmel (see hermits of Mount Carmel) already emphasizes this, with a reference to Psalm 1, 2: "But his will is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he shall meditate day and night".

Silence is the heart of Carmel. We read the Bible with the attitude of Mary, the mother of Jesus: "But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2,19). This attitude provides space for contemplation.

With Scripture, we enter more deeply into the vast mystery which we will never really understand: God's covenant with humans, the incarnation, the cross, the resurrection and much more.  

The Bible is real food for our inner life. We read it, we study it, but it's much more: we receive it in us, we "eat" it, we "chew" it, we "digest" it. It penetrates into our whole being. The words which were adressed to the prophet Ezekiel illustrates this very well: "And I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that book. And he said to me: Son of man, your belly shall eat, and your bowels shall be filled with this book, which I give you, and I ate it: and it was sweet as honey in my mouth" (Ezekiel 3, 2-3). 

John of the Cross too is totally impregnated with the Bible. His writings are full of biblical quotations. In the Prologue of Ascent of Mount Carmel, he emphasizes the fundamental place given to the Bible.


But he that shall drink of the water that I will give him shall not thirst for ever. But the water that I will give him shall become in him a fountain of water, springing up into life everlasting. (John 4, 13-14)

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