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?