ASSOCIATION OF OUR LADY OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS
Welcome to the Association of Our Lady of the Southern Cross website. We invite you to explore our site to come to know more about the origins and purpose of our Association. We hope that this meeting place can become a means to strengthen and support our Member Monasteries in their contemplative vocation as well as providing a source of information for others.
Carmelites can repay God’s love by their everyday lives in no other way than by carrying out their daily duties faithfully in every respect – all the little sacrifices that a regimen structured day after day in all its details demands of an active spirit; all the self-control that living in close proximity with different kinds of people continually requires and that is achieved with a loving smile; letting no opportunity go by for serving others in love.
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
FROM CHURCH DOCUMENTS
In the school of Christ, it is a question of being faithful to the present and at the same time free and open to the horizon of God, immersed in His mystery of love. The Carmelite life is a contemplative life. This is the gift that the Spirit has given to the Church with Saint Theresa of Jesus and Saint John of the Cross, and then with the Carmelite saints. Faithful to this gift, Carmelite life is a response to the thirst of contemporary humanity, which deep down is thirsting for God, thirsting for the eternal.