Good question! I’ve always had an attraction to the Carmelites. When I was younger, my sister went to a Carmelite high school. Where I lived, which Catholic high school you went to was kind of a big deal. Kind of like a sports team almost? Anyway the Carmelite school’s rival was the Dominican school, so I spent much of my 4th grade-7th grade years sure that I also wanted to go to the same school my sister went to because it was the best. I did get to go there for one year in eighth grade before I moved away to Virginia, and I absolutely loved my year there.
So there’s always been an attachment, even if it wasn’t necessarily spiritual. I reconnected with my faith back in 2010, joined Tumblr a few years later and got deeper into the Catholic community on here, and I noticed that there were a lot of Dominicans, which is great!! But I thought, why not Carmelites? And so when my friend Catie made heckyeahorderofpreachers, I was inspired to make a Carmelite blog (old rivalries die hard? It’s funny because I don’t think Carmelites and Dominicans are traditional rivals like Dominicans and Jesuits but that’s okay). And the more I’ve run this blog, the more the Carmelite spirituality and way of life have touched me and inspired me spiritually.
So I guess that’s my lengthy, probably unnecessarily heavy on the exposition, backstory! I’d love to see blogs for all the religious orders one day too!