With insight and hindsight the author presents a renewed vision of the Carmelite tradition of prayer and spirituality. This tradition presents an invitation to contemplation as the real conclusion of Christian maturity for all. Such a pastoral vision for parishes will raise the bar for all the members. The change means a progression in expectations for spiritual growth for each parishioner. The author focuses on one classic in the tradition, "The Interior Castle" of St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa describes most clearly our universal experience of God in the journey of life. Secondly, Vatican II called us to move away from a privatized approach to spirituality to an integrated approach that connects the search for God more closely to concern for justice in our world and our historical experience. The author develops a foundation for this integrated spirituality using Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel."