In the Heart of the Church.
The experience of the MEC, with its specific identity, is consciously placed in the Church, in order to adhere to its nuptial and maternal mystery and to participate in all its plenties, its dramas and its needs.
At the same time, it receives the invitation which the Church extends to all believers, when pointing out as a reference, the saints and spirituality of Carmel: “How can we forget here, among many bright examples, the teachings of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila? Our Christian communities should become “schools” of prayer, where meeting Christ would not only mean imploring help, but also giving thanks, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion up to a true 'fall in love' of the heart.” (Novo Millennio Ineunte, n. 33)
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Maximum Depth for the Maximum Extension
The Carmelite charism educates Christians to know the maximum depth of the heart, to find out it is intimately inhabited by the mystery of the triune God, therefore to reach – in the Name of God – the profundity of every heart, every event, of all reality. The maximum and only personal depth becomes the basis for the maximum missionary extension.
“In the heart of the Church, my Mother, I will be the Love.” – St. Teresa di Lisieux, MsB 254
As a consequence, the MEC moves itself within the Church and the world starting from this principle: “What is more peculiar of the Carmel is also the more common and universal.”
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People Moved by Love.
The idea of an ecclesial movement, where people “build” community and community “builds” people, finds its first origin in the same infinite movement of Love that inspires the relations of the Persons of the Trinity. The MEC aims to present itself as a “spiritual home,” where you learn to live “in a mystical way” relations of the entire human and Christian experience – friendships, affections, families, work , school, age, conditions of life and vocations) – according to the specific pedagogy offered by the charism. Inside the movement grows “people in communion” and, as a consequence, a true “family of virtues.”