First of all it is a great honour to take part in this celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Titus Brandsma Institute of Nijmegen. After 40 years, this Institute continues to work hard in the field of spirituality, helping many people to think about and to deepen their understanding of this fundamental dimension, not only of religion, but of human life itself.
|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."