Ongoing Formation

2017-2018 Ongoing Formation Lessons & Required Reading

Phase 3

The person who feels called to Carmel embarks on a journey of faith, like our models, Mary and Elijah. Gradually over the course of a lifetime, the Carmelite is changed, not just on an exterior plane but is transformed on every level of his personality if he consents to the will of God. In this way the Carmelite is conformed to Christ and becomes a new creation in Him.

Carmelite Formation: A Journey of Transformation
Interior Castle, Study Edition

Ongoing Formation: Current Focus

For Ongoing Formation in our community, we are studying The Interior Castle STUDY EDITION, translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D.; prepared by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and Carol Lisi, O.C.D.S.
(Future materials will be taken from Books Recommended for Ongoing Formation.)

Click a lesson title below to expand or collapse the agenda and required reading for each lesson.

 

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 1: Greater Trials Come With Greater Favors, pages 217-232

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-6, page 232.

NO COMMUNITY MEETING

In lieu of the monthly community meeting, members are encouraged to attend the Regional Day of Recollection on October 21. More information here.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 2: He Makes It Desire Him Vehemently, pages 233-242

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-5, page 243.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 3: There Are Many Kinds Of Locutions, pages 244-261

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-8, page 261.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 4: God Concludes The Betrothal When He Gives the Soul an Ecstasy, pages 262-281

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-4, page 281.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 5: Flight of the Spirit, pages 282-293

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-5, page 293.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 6: A Delightful Torment and Feelings of Jubilation, pages 294-307

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-7, page 307.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 7: Suffering Over One’s Sins and Keeping Christ Present, pages 308-329

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-7, page 330.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 8: How God Communicates Through an Intellectual Vision, pages 331-345

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-3, page 345.

NO COMMUNITY MEETING

In lieu of the monthly community meeting, members are encouraged to attend the Regional Day of Recollection. More information here.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 9: How God Communicates Through an Imaginative Vision, pages 346-361

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-4, page 361.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 10: Deep Secrets Are Revealed While the Soul is in Suspension, pages 362-370

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-5, page 370.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Sixth Dwelling Places: Chapter 11: These Favors Leave the Little Butterfly with Greater Pain, pages 371-383

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-5, page 383.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Seventh Dwelling Places: Chapter 1: We Do Not Understand The Deep Secrets That Lie In Our Souls, pages 385-400

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-6, page 400.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Seventh Dwelling Places: Chapter 2: The Difference Between Spiritual Union And Spiritual Marraige Where the Butterfly Dies, pages 401-415

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-5, page 415.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Seventh Dwelling Places: Chapter 3: The Wonderful Effects of This Prayer, pages 416-430

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-6, page 430.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Seventh Dwelling Places: Chapter 4: The Lord’s Purpose In Granting Favors, pages 431-448

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-7, page 448.

Required Reading:
Highlight or underline passages that speak to you.

  • Interior Castle, Epilogue, pages 449-455

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. You may also want to write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small groups, if time permits.

  • “Questions for Discussion,” questions 1-4, page 455.