St Albert today, the Lawgiver of Carmel. Religious, Bishop, Patriarch of Jerusalem, reformer, murder victim. When St Brocard approached him for a Rule of life for the Carmelite hermits, Albert reflected on their life & wrote a new Rule rather than impose one already written. -
- Albert’s Rule is very short, but profound. Steeped in Scripture, he draws on St Paul as well as the Gospels. Emphasising prayer, poverty of spirit & life, he uses the hermits’ previous experience as knights to help them order their lives by urging allegiance to Jesus Christ. -
- The genius of St Albert’s Rule, as we Seculars know, is that it can easily be applied to the various forms of Carmelite life, even to us who live Carmel in the midst of the world. It is a rich source of meditation as well as sure guide for consecrated life. St Albert poured -
- his whole life, experience & prayer into this Rule. It is a way of life not just written for the hermits on the mountain, but one which revealed the inner depths of the Patriarch in the city. Albert was a contemplative, a Carmelite, himself. It is apt that we honour him as such

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