Reading: St. Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, A Study Edition, Prepared by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD, Chapters 12-15
Reflection Questions: (Meditate/Journal for a few minutes on these)
- Interior mortification consists in not giving in to our own wills and desires, even in little things…. losing concern about ourselves and our own satisfaction. In what ways can I/ do I mortify my will, my desires? Has that changed over time in my spiritual life? Romans 7:14-17.
- When wrongs are done to me, how do I strive to consider that I deserve much worse because of my sinfulness (past or present)? Teresa calls for great humility in being silent when condemned without fault. Mark 15: 3-5, Mark 15: 16-20.
- In what ways might I try to lose concern about myself? (from reflection question noted above) Can I recall a time where keeping silent might have been the better course? How can I avoid making excuses for myself? What does being silent when falsely accused have to do with humility?
- How do I put into practice my realization of the importance of obedience? (to the Constitutions, the Community, to the Church).
- What is my intention in the life God has called me to and how do I carry it out?
- Discuss how I trust the leadership of the Community to help discern whether I have a vocation as a Secular Discalced Carmelite and, if I do, whether it is within this particular Community.
- How can the learning and intelligence of those others specifically be a help to me? How do I consider this, particularly if I may have gifts and talents which at times seem somehow better than those in authority?