Temp A4


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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Discussion Questions

  1. 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?
  1. How do I put into practice my realization of the importance of obedience? (to the Constitutions, the Community, to the Church).
  2. What is my intention in the life God has called me to and how do I carry it out?
  3. 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.
  4. 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?

 

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