Discalced Carmelite historian Peter-Thomas Rohrbach shows us how our First Reading for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year C) fits within the Carmelite legend of Elijah and Elisha and the Carmelite tradition, which indicates that we have inherited their double spirit.
St. Thérèse writes to Abbé Maurice Bellière, "I am asking Him that you may be not only a good missionary but a saint all on fire with the love of God and souls; I beg you to obtain also for me this love so that I may help you in your apostolic work."
The offense that the misguided people give to the Lord by their manner of worship hurts Elijah so much that he wants to die.
Elijah stands before God’s face because all of his love belongs to the Lord. He lives outside all natural human relationships.
There is no house where one does not wear the garment of Carmel
Our holy Mother Teresa of Jesus watches undoubtedly over you in a special manner
The Carmelites have their sights set on the foreign missions
Seek those things which draw you to the ardor of my love
Elijah, our Father, leads; in our self-denying we follow him
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?