Far from Mount Carmel, Coorparoo in time and place: The year 1200, just south of the crusader fortress at Acre, a dry river valley leads down from a green mountain to the sun-washed shores of the eastern Mediterranean. The head of a lean, bearded man pokes out of a natural cave. He looks at the sun. He is wearing a rough woollen cloak of alternating light and dark stripes. He says nothing, but raises his eyes to heaven in a silent prayer to God and tries to estimate from the angle of the sun how long it will be before he joins his fellow hermits in their Eucharistic worship at the makeshift chapel dedicated to the Lady of Mount Carmel, by the wadi.(1)
Carmelites today in 2021, like those first Carmelites, continue living a way of life that seeks to follow the way of Jesus through practices of prayer, community and service. Here at Mount Carmel, Coorparoo, a community of Carmelite brothers, has lived in the community since 1937 accompanying the community (school and parish) in travelling the life journey of meaning and Love.
Next time: Carmelite Spirituality and Charism
(1) Adapted from Desert Spring in the City, 2012. Leopold Glueckert, O.Carm.