Aspirant Month 12


Focus:  Human Formation, Community and the Carmelite Promise

Readings: Welcome to the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites by Father Deeney, pp. 63-80, “OCDS Formation Program”, pp. 1-12.

Optional Reading: Carmelite Spirituality, by Paul Marie, pp. 17-22; 79-83.


  1. With the reception of the scapular, you are formally accepted by the Community into formation for the Promise. What does that mean to you?
  2. The friars and sisters take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. In making the Promise, Seculars strive for evangelical perfection in the spirit of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience and through the Beatitudes. What is the significance for Seculars of adding the Beatitudes to our Promise?
  3. Review the Formation Program for the Washington Province, with special attention to the Aspirancy.  What questions remain unanswered for you about the topics we covered?  What questions do you have about formation for the Promise?
  4. This month, reflect and pray with St. Teresa, St. John and St. Therese.  Ask yourself:
  • Where am I in my life journey as I prepare for the reception of the scapular?
  • How has my life journey shaped my characteristics and prepared me in the human arena for the step of formally being received?
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