Carmelite Missionaries of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

Who are we?

We are a Congregation of women who have consecrated our life to a chaste, poor and obedient Jesus; following his work of love to evangelize the poorest in our world.

 

We live in fraternity to be witness of love, simplicity, and humility that grounds our spirituality inspired by the life and work of our Patron Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus; for that reason, we live in small communities located in different towns and cities in our country and abroad.

 

For the Carmelite Missionary of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus each day is a gift of her life for God trying to do "ORDINARY, EXTRAORDINARY."   To accomplish this we are trained in various academic disciplines that allow us to respond to the challenges of the current world.

 

Contemplative prayer, life in fraternity, and the mission of evangelizing are essential elements of our life.

We love the Virgin Mary, our mother and teacher, under the invocation of Our Lady of Carmel who along with her son Jesus are the center of our lives.

 

Our founders: Rev. Fr. Bernardo de Santa María OCD and Rev. M. Teresa del Divino Corazón.

 

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One of the great challenges you will have to face in your life is to find your place in society and in the Church. For you, who are looking for your vocation, I will describe seven steps that can help you discern God's plan for you. Although I will refer directly to consecrated vocations (in religious life, in the priesthood, etc.), the steps I will list can be applied to the discernment of any vocation, state of life or profession.

 

1. Prayer

          "Lord, what do you want me to do?" Acts 22, 10

 

Vocation is not something that you invent; it's something you find.  It is not the plan that you have for your life, but the project of friendship that Jesus proposes to you and invites you to undertake.  It is not primarily a decision that you make but a call to which you respond.

 

If you want to discover your vocation, talk to Jesus.  Only through prayer can you find what God wants from you. In prayer, the Holy Spirit will refine your ear so you can listen.

In your friendly dialogue with Jesus you can hear his voice calling you: "come and follow me" (Lk 18, 22).  Or you will hear Him say: "go home and tell everything God has done for you" (Lk 8, 39).


2. Perception

 

"There was something in my heart like burning fire, caught in my bones and although I was trying to drown it, I could not." Jer 20, 9

 

To discover what God wants from you, you must listen, look, and experience.  You need silence, interior and exterior, to do this.  Noise prevents you from discerning.      

 

Be attentive to what moves inside you: your desires, your fear, your thoughts, your fantasies, your concerns, and your projects. Listen to those that approve as well as those that object to your concerns.  Listen to your heart:  what do you wish for?  Learn to look at those around you: what is Jesus saying to you through their poverty, ignorance, pain, despair, and their need for God...?

 

Look at you past: Where has God taken you? What have been the most important events of your life?  In what way was God present or absent in them? What specific people have been important to you?  Why?  Think about the future: what do you experience at the thought of consecrating your life to God?  You have only one life, what do you want to devote it to?  Be careful to discern if your restlessness for the attraction you feel are signs of a true consecrated vocation or are manifestations that God wants you to intensify your Christian life as a layperson. By taking this step you can say: "Maybe God is calling me..." "I feel anxious about consecrating my life to God."

 

3. Information

"Observe the population in the country, are they strong or weak, few or many; how is the land, good or bad; how are the cities where they live, are there camps or strongholds; is the land fertile or sterile; with or without vegetation. " Num. 13, 18-20.

 

There are many paths to carry out the consecrated vocation.  It is not enough to want to give your life to God and dedicate yourself to serve your brothers. It is necessary to know where God wants you to serve him.

 

To discover your place in the Church, it is adviceable that you are familiar with different vocations. Research the spirituality lived by diocesan priests or different religious congregations; and think about which one of them attracts you. See how they live: a contemplative congregation is not the same as one of apostolic life.  Find out what their mission is and what means they intend to use to carry it out: teaching, hospitals, spiritual direction, vocational promotion, missions, spiritual exercises, media, etc. Know who are the main recipients of their apostolate: the young, the poor, priests, the ill, children, seminaries, the elderly, etc.

 

Although when one experiences vocational desires, and one is usually attracted to a specific area, it is worth it to spend a few hours digging deeper into different vocations.  If in the end you decide to go with your original choice, the time spent on gathering information will not go to waste.

 

By taking this step you can say: "I am attracted to the spirituality, the lifestyle and the apostolate of this congregation." "Maybe God is calling me to enter the religious life or seminary."

 

 

4. Reflection

Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down ad calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion?  Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laught at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’  Lk 14, 28-30

 

Your vocation is too big of an enterprise, and it is for a lifetime! That is why you cannot throw yourself in without first giving serious thought to yourself and the life you intend to embrace.

 

Review your abilities and limitations.  Reflect on the demands that are inherent to this vocation keeping in mind that we count on God’s grace.  What specific situations lead you to believe God is calling you?  What are the pros and cons of the decision you are considering?

 

God asks for a responsible commitment to discern His will.  He wants you to use your brains to search for your vocation.  The Holy Spirit will enlighten you as you search for what God wants from you.

      

Do not think that you will be absolutely certain of what God wants from you:  it’s not as if God will give you a signed contract where He reveals his will.  What you will find are signs that indicate what friendship project He has in mind for you.

 

By taking this step you will be able to say: "I believe that Jesus is calling me". "I believe that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I will be able to answer."

 

5. Decision

"I will follow you wherever you go" Lk 9, 57

 

When you discover what God wants from you, make the decision to follow Him.

Making this decision is difficult. You will feel fear. Your limitations will seem enormous: "Oh my Lord! See that I do not know how to speak, that I am just a boy "(Jr 1, 6). However, inspite of your limitations - or better yet, with all of them - respond like Isaiah:  "Here I am, Lord, send me" (Ls 6, 8).

 

Saying "yes" to a lifetime commitment is a grace. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you that grace to  respond.  Failure to undertake this decision is equivalent to wasting your life.

 

As you begin your path of vocation, do not expect to be absolutely certainty that God is calling you ("the signed contract");  moral certainty is enough. This decision is a step in faith; an act of trust in your friend Jesus.

 

In making the decision to be a radical follower of Jesus, it is normal that you have doubts about whether or not you will be able to meet the demands to the end.  However, you will be certain about what you want.  By taking this step you will be able to say: "I want to consecrate my life to God in the service of my brothers". "I want to join this religious order."  "I want to be a priest."

 

6. Action

"Jesus called you. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him." Mt 4, 21-22

   

Once you have made a decision, throw yourself in!  Do not let yourself be overcome by fear. Go forward without fear.  Put everything you have into doing what you have decided. Do not give in to the temptation to delay entering the house of formation: "I will follow you, Lord; but leave me first ... " (Lk 9, 61).  Your future depends on the commitment you made today; In the future, seek to be faithful.  The only way to realize God's plan is fidelity each and every day.  Live very moment consistent with the decision to took and direct each step towards that goal.

 

What happens when there are difficulties? Persevere! The path you will undertake is more difficult than you know.  Prepare for the fight.  You will have to face problems and overcome obstacles. Jesus says to you: "Whoever wants to come after me, let him deny himself, let him bear his cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9, 23).

 

The path is arduous, but Mary is by your side and the Holy Spirit will give you strength in your journey.  In addition, this is not about carrying your cross for the rest of your life, but about carrying it just for today – each day.  You will be able to repeat St. Peter’s words:  “We have given up everything and followed you.”  (Mk 10:28)


7. Spiritual Direction

Get up and go to Damascus, there you will be told everything that you are set to do." Acts 22.10

 

Spiritual direction is not an additional step in the process.  It is a resource for vocational discernment and one that you can use in each of the previous steps.  Your spiritual director will motivate you to pray and to perceive the signs of God's will.  She will show you where to find information and help you reflect.  When it is time for you to decide, she will move away so that in front of Jesus, you respond to his call freely.  She will help you prepare properly to enter a house of formation. Your prayer and sacrifice along with the Holy Spirit will shed light on you as you discover your vocation and give you the strength to follow it.

 

While it is true that vocation is a call from God that no one but you can hear and no one but you can respond to it in, it is also true that you need someone to accompany you in your vocational discernment.  It is easy to dream.  You could believe that God is calling you but perhaps it is only your desire; or you might think that you have no vocation when in reality God is calling you. Talk with your spiritual director to clarify if your vocation is true or not.

    

After appearing to Paul on the road to Damascus, Jesus told him to go with Ananias and he would tell him God's will.  Although Christ could have told Paul what he wanted of him, he wanted to use Ananias to make him discover his vocation (cf. Acts 22, 10-15).

   

In the discernment of God's project for you, you cannot do without the mediation of the Church.

Discovering your vocation is not easy, but it is not impossible either. If you honestly set out to seek God’s will and follow the steps presented here, I believe you will be able to find your vocation.  In many ways God is revealing to you how he wants you to collaborate in the establishment of His kingdom.  No one is more interested in having you find your vocation and following it than God.  Therefore, pray, talk with your spiritual director, take notice, inform yourself, reflect, decide, and act.

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The Mission is a work of the Church, work that springs from the desire to love and make others love Jesus as Saint Theresa said the Child Jesus.
Each missionary or missionary needs the grace of the Holy Spirit so that their work is for the good of the Church. That is why we invite you to cooperate in this great work as a missionary or lay missionary or simply with your financial contribution, so you would be in solidarity in this great mission of the Church helping those who wear their lives for the Gospel.
Cooperate and collaborate because Santa Teresa de Jesús says that “God never lets himself be won in generosity”

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The Charism and Spirituality of Our Congregation for being a Gift of the Spirit is inexhaustible, so it opens up to the world so that all men and women can live it whatever their reality.

If you want to be part of this great Carmel family, we invite you to call or write us to help you live in union with Christ from your lifestyle.

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