Oak-Tree-Four-Sisters-2-Resized-PS The call to Carmel is an invitation to a life-long journey of transforming union in Christ through a life of prayer for the needs of the Church and the world. We know the goal: union with God. You may ask, “what is union with God and how do I attain it?” Union with God means seeking to do the will of God with every choice we make. Our growth in union with God can’t be seen, but it happens as surely and as slowly as the germination of an acorn and its maturing into an oak tree. The Carmelite’s journey is not for herself alone. Her life of prayer and friendship with God effects the lives of countless others, for a life of prayer goes everywhere. This call to intimate friendship with God is a mystery and a gift. lily