Focus: Legislation (The Rule, Constitutions, and Statues) and the Vocation to Carmel
Readings: The Rule of St. Albert, http://www.ocdswashprov.org/legislation/
Welcome to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites by Father Aloysius Deeney, pp. 22-47
Optional Reading: Constitutions of Discalced Carmelite Secular Order, #1-9; OCDS Provincial Statutes, Washington Province of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 2015, #1-9.
- The Carmelite Rule of St. Albert of Jerusalem has governed the Carmelite way of life for over 800 years. What parts of the Rule seem relevant to you as a Secular Carmelite? Give examples of how the message of the Rule can be lived out in your life as a Secular Carmelite.
- “Legislation gives identity; it establishes you as distinct.” Welcome to the Secular Order, 23. What legislation guides the Secular Order and how did it come to be?
- What is your understanding of this statement? “You are the Order.” Welcome to the Secular Order, p.26.
- How would you respond to this statement from a person who expresses interest in our monthly meetings? “I read about the Carmelites in my parish bulletin. Can you tell me more about your prayer group and its meetings?”
- In preparation for writing your letter of intention for your February interview, please reflect on the following: Why do you want to be a Carmelite? Why does God want you to be a Carmelite?