Ongoing Formation

2019 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

Ongoing Formation

Into Your Hands, Father by Wilfrid Stinissen

For Ongoing Formation in our community, we are studying Into Your Hands, Father: Abandoning Ourselves to the God Who Loves Us, by Wilfrid Stinessen, O.C.D., Ignatius Press, San Francisco, CA, 2011.

About the book. “In this simple but profound book, Fr. Stinissen distinguishes three degrees or stages in abandonment. The first stage consists of accepting and assenting to God’s will as it manifests itself in all circumstances of life. The second is actively doing God’s will at every moment of one’s life. In the third stage, abandonment to God is so complete that one has become a tool in God’s hands. At this stage it is no longer we who do God’s will, but God who accomplishes his will through us. This inspiring work will help all spiritual seekers to understand the reality and power of the immense love that God has for each of us, and to contemplate the heart of God, which is love and mercy.” [Excerpt from the book’s back cover]

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.

  • Into Your Hands, Father — Accepting God’s Will, Section 5, pages 31-35

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. In addition, write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small group.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Study Guide, pages 6-7, questions 1-6.

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

  • Into Your Hands, Father — Accepting God’s Will, Section 6, pages 35-36

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. In addition, write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small group.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Study Guide, page 8, questions 1-2.

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

  • Into Your Hands, Father — Accepting God’s Will, Section 7, pages 37-40

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. In addition, write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small group.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Study Guide, pages 8-10, questions 1-2.

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

  • Into Your Hands, Father — Accepting God’s Will, Section 8, pages 40-42

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. In addition, write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small group.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Study Guide, page 11, questions 1-2.

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

  • Into Your Hands, Father — Accepting God’s Will, Section 9, pages 42-44

Homework:
Highlight or underline passages in the chapter that speak to you. You will share these passages in your small groups. In addition, write down answers to the “Questions for Discussion” to share in your small group.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Study Guide, page 12, questions 1-4.