July 12, 2014 Formation Assignments

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Formation Information  for July 12, 2014


Assignments for July, 2014

Class                                    Teacher               Content

Aspirants                            Pam                      The Carmelite Way, by John Welch, OCarm, Ch 6-7

Optional or Later Readings:  “Secularity and the Lay Carmelite”, posted on   http://formation.carmelife.com  Page “Aspirant 8 (July)”

Pam emailed and Cindy mailed discussion questions by Jun 25


Candidates                         Diane                    The Story of A Soul, Study Edition by Marc Foley, OCD

Read the summary at the end of chapter 1.  (If possible read all of chapter 1 along with the summary.)  Think about the events in Therese’s life described in chapter 1.  Select one that resonates with you, & describe why it touched your spirit.



Professed                           Cindy                    1. Finish the Soliloquies, Spiritual Testimonies, Poetry

Dawn          Spiritual Testimony 59

Diane          Spiritual Testimonies  30, 42, 57

Pam            Spiritual Testimonies 39, 41, 45, 47

Marianne    Poetry 28, 29, 30

Cindy           Spiritual Testimonies 20, 21, 27, 28

**Note Use recording sheets Diane has previously distributed

2.  ALL:    Collected Works of St Teresa of Avila, Volume Two,  “Meditations on Song of Songs” (introduction and Prologue) pp 207-215.

From Bible.org  “The Song of Songs is enigmatic because it has no unambiguous reference to God, religion, or spiritual things. The closest that any verse comes to mentioning God is Songs 8:6, which reads:  Put me like a seal over your heart, Like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death,
Jealousy is as severe as Sheol; Its flashes are flashes of fire, The very flame of the Lord.”

And yet, Teresa studied and meditated upon it and wrote her meditations as a consolation for the sisters.  Consider her approach to the Scripture and what it says to us today.  Why might she have felt the need to write to give  consolation to her sisters and how do this strengthen and console us now?



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