Saturday, June 27, 2009
"The Carmelite is called to search in every dark and hidden crevice of the human heart for those lurking demons of Israel's desert experience, the 'venomous serpents and scorpions' as they are called, inhabiting the wilderness (Dt 8:15). We find this same imagery again in Teresa of Avila, when she compares the human heart to an 'interior castle' surrounded by 'snakes and vipers and poisonous creatures' (IC I:2:14). They represent the snares of worldly attachments, our false gods, which have become non-negotiables in our lives. We must not replace God with our idols - that is, our disordered or inordinate desires. The Carmelite way is a journey into God with the freedom of an undivided heart. Only God suffices. He alone can satisfy our deepest hunger."
-- The Carmelite Charism: Exploring the Biblical Roots by James McCaffrey, ocd