Posted on July 31, 2016
Praised be Jesus Christ! I hope you are all well. Please know of my continued prayers for you all.
The last few weeks have been full and busy! Two weeks ago, we were able to witness one of our Sisters make her First Profession of Vows on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16th), which also happened to be her parents wedding anniversary. Not only did Sister make her first vows but her parents renewed their wedding vows. It was an honor to be there!
The following day, we witnessed another of our Sisters make her Perpetual Vows. I have never been to a Final Profession and I can't think of another ceremony that I have attended that was more beautiful. You can visit https://carmelitesistersocd.com/category/slideshow/ for the slideshows of the First and Final Professions. The pictures will show the beauty that I am unable to express in words here. I am so grateful that I was able to be at both ceremonies!
Currently, I am on my home visit and it has been wonderful to be with family and friends back in Colorado! I think summertime in CO is my favorite :) I plan to post a few more updates before entrance so please stay tuned!
In the last post, I mentioned that I would explain a little more about our formation process. Outlined below (courtesy of https://carmelitesistersocd.com/formation/) is the formation process for the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles:
Candidacy: 1-2 years
The purpose of the candidacy is two-fold: to provide a time of serious discernment regarding a possible vocation to our community and to provide the applicant with a deeper and practical understanding of the Carmelite charism as lived out by our community.
Postulancy: 10 months
The purpose of the postulancy is to deepen the postulants’ awareness of their personal consecration to Christ through their personal commitment to prayer, doctrinal study and communal living.
Novitiate: 2 years
The principal purpose of the novitiate is to introduce the novices to the essential requirements of the religious life especially to greater charity through the practice of the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience, which they will later profess. It gives the novices a greater understanding of their divine vocation and of their vocation to our Institute.
By religious profession we assume by public vows the observance of the three evangelical counsels of obedience, chastity and poverty, are consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church and are incorporated into our Institute with the rights and obligations defined in Canon Law and in our Constitutions.
Temporary vows: 6 years
Formation continues during temporary vows. The first years strengthen a life of union with God, a sense of belonging to our Institute, and gradually introduce each sister to the works of our apostolates.
By perpetual profession, made in accordance with the directives of the Church, we declare that we desire to give ourselves totally to God forever in the service of others according to our Teresian charism, the spirit of Mother Luisita and our Constitutions.
Perpetual profession constitutes a radical commitment for life which must determine all our subsequent choices. Forever.
Our religious profession lived in fidelity to God in the spirit of Carmel and of our Mother Foundress demands continuous self-formation. As Carmelites we seek in all things ~ in apostolic activities, in prayer, in study and at times dedicated to them ~ purity of intention and charity toward God and toward all.
We stand upon the shoulders of the sisters who have gone before us.
May they rest in peace.
Thank you all again for your continued support through encouragement and prayer! Please keep it up!
In His Sacred Heart,