It does not appear very often in the biographies of Pope John Paul II, but when he was a young adult trying to discern his vocation, Karol Wojtyla thought seriously of becoming a Discalced Carmelite. The only reason he did not join the novitiate in Czerna, Poland was because the Carmelites were not accepting novices because of the war.
|As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven.
All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."