Def. Professed 2017-18


Definitively Promised #1 (May)

Focus: Ascent of Mount Carmel: Reflections

Reading: Ascent of Mount Carmel: Reflections, by Marc Foley, OCD, pp. 1-23

Further Reading:

Recommended: Ascent of Mount Carmel, Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, pp. 101-105, 130-133

Optional:  Spiritual Canticle, Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, pp. 461-462

Reflection/Discussion:

  1. How does Foley explain what John hopes the readers of his Ascent will discover?
  2. Discuss Foley’s explanation of the “twofold truth” of purification of sense and spirit, and the “fourfold night” (division of the night into stages) and how it might help you or others in formation to understand John?
  3. What are the three reasons John offers for calling this journey toward union with God a night and Why can we call the mortification of the appetites of the senses a “night”?
  1. Since the sensory perceptions of hearing, sight, etc. are unavoidable, how can we keep them from hindering us?
  2. What things and what people do I depend upon for my happiness, fulfillment and satisfaction in life? What would my life be like without them? How “lost’ would I be?
  3. Do I have any desires or craving for anything which I do not now possess? Is there anything (outside of God) which I feel I need to make my happiness complete?
  4. Is there something in my life God is asking me to end? Is there something in my life God is asking me to begin?
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