On our journey to be fully formed as Christians we are required to:
- Love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and strength, and to
- Love our neighbour as ourselves
an organic and holistic process of conversion and spiritual growth which will affect every aspect of our being and of our lives, intellectual, moral, emotional and social as well as spiritual, throughout a whole lifetime.
The formation of lay people is discussed in detail in official documents of the Catholic church, especially Apostolicam Actuositatem, solemnly promulgated by his Holiness, Pope Paul V1, November 1965 and Christifideles Laici, Pope John Paul 11. 1988.
You can find these documents on the page Remembering the 2nd Vatican Council; their teaching is the foundation of all the activities of Carmel in the City, where we interpret them from the perspective of the Carmelite tradition.
All formation in Carmel, whether initial, that is at the beginning of our journey, or ongoing, throughout our lives, must be authentically Carmelite, that is:
focussed on the Carmelite story and charisms as we consciously strive to live the Carmelite charisms of prayer, especially contemplation, community and service.