We have two periods of recreation each day, an innovation which St. Teresa felt was essential to good balance, to getting to know one another better, and to uplifting the spirits of the sisters. She wanted our Carmelite communities to be true families where “all must be friends, all must be loved, all must be held dear, all must be helped. ”
One of these periods is spent together at the end of the day. This is the time when the whole community meets together and we have the opportunity to share the events of the day and relax together. The other period is at midday after our meal. At that time we are free to spend time with individual sisters or to do something creative that we enjoy.
On special feast days we dispense with our work for the day and are free to have fun for greater lengths of time than these two hours we usually have. These days give us a nice change of pace and allow us the time for creative endeavors.