To Saint Teresa, Carmel owes its élan and its psychology. Carmelite psychology was always realistic. Under the reformer’s influence it became more so.
As the soul is united to Christ, so Carmel is hidden in Mary. She is, par excellence, the contemplative soul.
She extended, in visible fashion, her special protection over the Order that has always called itself her own.
Carmelite spirituality is not contemplative and apostolic. It is apostolic because it is contemplative
Carmelites depend on God alone