In August 1591, roughly four months before his death, St. John of the Cross writes to a benefactor about his experience in the Desert of La Peñuela, where he had just arrived about nine days earlier from Segovia. The Desert of La Peñuela was a Discalced Carmelite monastery for the friars that was more secluded and eremitic than any of their other convents. Thus, St. John of the Cross could give himself totally to prayer. "God grant that I may stay here," he writes.
Carmelites [...] feel constrained to undertake this persevering march toward the mountain of God where fire burns but does not consume.
The season of Advent is a favorable time to go to the desert, and God always arrives where there is a heart willing to listen to him.
She feels that she has been led into an immense, unbounded desert. And this, for her, is the more delightful, pleasant, and lovely, the deeper, vaster, and more solitary it is.
She had already known when she moved to her 'Nazareth' that her aim was the 'desert' of Carmel. But she had to await the Lord’s hour.
We can say without exaggeration that few young girls have loved her Lord Jesus. In order to find her Beloved, she walked through the very heart of the desert...
Silence is not an empty void; God dwells therein
All true ascesis as a desert lies
The life of the desert is admirable
Simon Stock has been venerated in the Carmelite Order for his personal holiness and his devotion to Our Lady
"The life of the desert is admirable"