Carmelite spirituality is not contemplative and apostolic. It is apostolic because it is contemplative
Carmelites depend on God alone
Gregory IX frees the Carmelites from property to focus on prayer
Your lifted hands are the very strength and hope of all our rising churches
The greatest mystics never saw a tension between apostolic service and contemplative prayer -- for them, it would be impossible to have one without the other. How is it that these prayerful people did more than those who feel they are too busy for prayer?
This prophet whom God commanded to go forth into the desert is to be the model of all who withdraw into solitude renouncing sin and all sensory pleasures, indeed all earthly things.
"Blessed cloud of God’s protection"