The life of a Carmelite is one of prayer, we say; but what is prayer?icon

St. Teresa of Avila speaks of prayer in terms of an intimate relationship.

She says, ‘Prayer, in my view, is nothing but friendly intercourse, and frequent solitary converse, with him who we know loves us.’

St. Therese describes it as’ an aspiration of the heart, it is a simple glance directed to heaven, it is a cry of gratitude and love in the midst of trial as well as joy…’

Again, Teresa of Avila tells us, ‘Prayer does not consist in thinking much but in loving much. Do then whatever awakens love’. There are many ways of prayer and many books written about it but, of course, the only way to learn to pray is by

Praying! Very simple isn’t it?