Information Sheet

May, 2016

Carmelite Saints
05 St Angelus, priest/martyr
08 Bl Aloysius Rabata, priest
16 St Simon Stock, religious
22 St Joachina de Vedruna de Mas
26 St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, Virgin

Aspirants                                                                               Facilitator: Pam/Marianne


  1. “Call to Prayer: The Liturgy of the Hours”, Welcome to Carmel, pp. 165-170, posted on website
  2. “How to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours”,

Optional: “What is Divine Office?” Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part Two, Section One, Chapter Two, posted on website. This is a review of information given at the last Visitor Class.

Website Resources:


  1. Describe the purposes of praying the Liturgy of the Hours.
  2. In your own life, what benefits, virtues and impacts do you see coming from praying the Liturgy of the Hours?
  3. What supports you in being faithful to this daily prayer?
  4. What is your biggest obstacle to fidelity to this daily prayer? What can you learn or how can you handle it when you may be missing this daily prayer?
  5. Explore the website resources cited, including the article “How to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours”.  Be prepared to share your likes and dislikes about using online resources for praying the Liturgy of the Hours.





Candidates for First Promises                                           Facilitator: Cindy/Bernie

Reading:  The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol II, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, “The Way of Perfection”, Ch. 1-5

Reflection Questions (Meditate/Journal for a few minutes on these)

  1. How can I adopt a true spirit of poverty while living in the world in my particular circumstances?
  2. Keep a record of your trials/sufferings this month and resolve not to speak or complain about them. How did you do with this?

Discussion Questions

  1. For what kinds of things do I usually pray? How important are they when seen in the light of eternity?
  2. If you have asked the Lord for help with some temporal need and have not received the help or response you hope for, what should your attitude be?
  3. How can I apply the admonition to “pray without ceasing” in my daily life? How do I make prayer for the Church and her ministers one of my priorities?
  4. What might be the best thing to say or do if you see someone in the Community who is being overlooked, ignored, or left out in some way?

Candidates for Definitive Promises                                 Facilitator: Diane

Reading: The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, Vol I, Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, “Book of Her Life,” Chapters 6-8


  1. In chapter 6, Teresa introduces two ideas that will appear again in many of her works. She expresses her thoughts on what she calls “evil speaking” and on her great devotion to St. Joseph.
  1. Why do you think Teresa took the time to write about “evil speaking” to those who would read her work.
  2. Teresa is given credit for stimulating a devotion to St. Joseph. Summarize the thoughts she expressed and provide an example of how this devotion is present in Carmelites of today.


  1. Teresa often speaks of the cunning work of the devil. Use information from chapter 7, to describe a strategy the devil uses to draw souls away from their God-given mission.


  1. Community life plays a key role in Carmelite life. When Teresa opened St. Joseph’s monastery in Avila, she took care to incorporate community time in the daily schedule of her new convent.
  1. Describe the value of “community” in the life a Secular Carmelite.
  2. What can Secular Carmelites do to strengthen community life?



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