Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross taught that the only means for the soul to attain the transforming union is by receiving the gift of contemplation. The soul must dispose itself for contemplation by the assiduous practice of mental prayer. When mental prayer is faithfully practiced, along with a life of consummate virtue, the soul will soon find itself receiving the gift of contemplation, which is the inflow of divine love into the soul. In this mystical state, the soul is being transformed by God through the action of the Holy Spirit.
It is for this end that St. Teresa prescribed that two hours be devoted each day to mental prayer. The Carmelite monks of Wyoming see these two hours of mental prayer as a supreme gift left to them by these two great mystical doctors of the Church.