...eagerly for my turn to be one of the members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS)!! Dearest Lord, when will my turn come?
Making A Commitment to the Carmelite Way of Life
KUCHING:- On the Solemnity of Christ the King (20 Nov) four members of the OCDS in Kuching made their 1st Promise in the presence of the OCDS General Delegate from Rome, Fr.Aloysius Deeney, in a simple ceremony during the Sunday Mass at the Carmelite Chapel.
The four members - Adeline Ann, Alice Chew, Juliana Lim and Stephen Tai - had undergone a period of formation, which confirmed them in the certitude that God is calling them to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world in union with Mary, Mother of God, and under Her protection, as Secular members of Carmel.
The four promised their Superiors of the Order of the Teresian Carmel to tend toward evangelical perfection in the spirit of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, obedience, and of the Beatitudes, for three years.
Meanwhile, on 19 Nov the General Delegate administered the Rite of Admission for one member, Jane Maken, to Formation in the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites.
In this period of formation, she will descern her calling to be a Secular Carmelite. During the Rite of Admission she received the scapular as the habit of the Order of Carmel.
The General Delegate also talked to the whole community on Part III of the OCDS Constitution - Witness to the experience of God. This calls for a relationship with God through prayer by love, detachment and humility. He further encouraged all members to strive to grow as Carmelite Catholics with 'determined determination' as advised by St.Teresa of Avila in the Way of Perfect.
- Taken from Today's Catholic, Vol.17 No.9