I must admit that the Carmelite order caught my attention: 2 hours of mental prayer a day?!
Whether you are a discalced/calced, or third order carmelite (toc) or secular discalced (OCDS), or just knowledgable in their spirituality and put it in practive, can you tell me how you pray? What role does praying in model of Mary have to do w/ carmelite charism?
I am a Third Order Lay Carmelite since 1975. I am so grateful for this journey and the discipline it gives me that I need.
We are asked to pray Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer. Since I am retired from raising a family, I also pray the Office of Readings, as of a few years ago.
We are also asked to pray at least 1/2 hour of mental prayer daily…perhaps Lectio Divina from scripture, or just talking to the Lord in our own words and sitting silently to listen.
Our Blessed Mother Mary is truly my spiritual Mother and a great model for me. I consecrate myself to her every day and ask her to intercede for me. She has a special role in the life of believers, as heart is one with her Son Jesus our Savior.
I need to ponder more about the Lord like she did.