Daily Archives: December 13, 2010

My Community

My Community has a website! There will be pictures uploaded soon of our recent day of recollection and the Mass where I made my three-year promises as a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites.

There are four “stages” of being an OCDS:
1. After the first year of attendance, a person is vested in the “ceremonial” Brown Scapular. This is not to be confused with the “Brown Scapular Confraternity,” which is a popular devotion administered by the Order. OCDS members wear a larger version of the Brown Scapular as the Habit of our Order, which we wear at official functions, liturgies, etc. We have the option of wearing a smaller brown Scapular or a “Scapular Medal” (any medal with Mary on one side and Jesus or His Sacred Heart on the other–the Miraculous Medal is a form of Scapular Medal) on a day-to-day basis.

2. After another 2 years, the person makes temporary promises of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. This is understood in relation with the state in life. We’re supposed to live in spiritual poverty and simplicity. The promise of Chastity is also in accordance with the state in life. It’s in principle the same thing every person is obliged to, but we are committing ourselves to strive for greater virtue and uprightness in this regard, making the penalty for sins against Chastity all the greater. The promise of Obedience mostly applies in practice to our particular Community. It’s not the same as the Vows of a religious person, since we’re not living in Community.

3. After 3 more years of study, if the person has passed through formation successfully, he or she makes perpetual promises of the same things, and is now bound for life to the Carmelite order. To try and leave the Secular Order of Carmel after this point would be the same as a religious brother or sister leaving an Order and would require a canonical process.

4. Some members choose to make, after 7 years, vows of chastity and obedience which add yet another level of strictness. This is mostly a personal, ceremonial thing. Some orders distinguish between “third Order religious” and “third Order secular.” Carmelites do not.

So the promises are the same, but the text says ” . . . for three years [the rest of my life],” leaving it up to the individual, at the appropriate time, to read the appropriate choice based upon whether he or she is making temporary or permanent vows. Well, of course, some people misread it, and it’s kind of fun.

So I was strongly tempted to say, ” I promise . . . . for three years, or the rest of my life, whichever comes first.”

Also, our local community’s founder and professor emeritus–a really bright guy–has a cool website where he’s posted some of his articles.

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Wow! Interactive LOTH online in Latin

Here is a cool site that has the Vatican II Liturgy of the Hours, complete, in Latin, online in an interactive format. You click on the day of the year for saints or feasts, or on the season and week of the season, and then day, and it takes you right to the correct prayers. It’s really snazzy.

WOW! Cool! OCD Propers!!

A big discussion among Carmelites is the accessibility of Carmelite Propers for the Liturgy of the Hours.

The most recently published edition was done in the 1990s in England. It uses translations that are approved for use in England, but not approved in the US, so, *technically*, it doesn’t apply for people in the US to satisfy our obligation, but many of us use it anyway. In any case, the problem with the “little black book” is that it’s yet another prayer book to keep track of.

It’s cool, though: it has the special prayers (technically called Propers) for the Liturgy of the Hours for all canonized or beatified members of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, regardless of whether they’re “old observance,” Discalced, or some other branch. It has collects and Office of Readings readings for the saints and Blesseds who are not on the General Roman Calendar, and it has spewebcial antiphons and readings for days that are solemnities on the Carmelite Calendar, such as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, All Carmelite Saints and Elijah the Prophet.

It also has a wonderful collection of Carmelite prayers and hymns.

But, as I say, it’s hard to keep track of. I was in the middle of searching for it to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Holy Father, St. John of the Cross, when I thought to look it up online.

Well, I found this edition, dated 2007, in PDF, posted on the website of an OCDS community. It doesn’t seem to have all the extras of the “little black book,” but it seems to have the same saints, only the texts are the correct translations for use in liturgies in the United States.

Why wasn’t this talked about before it passed?

So, Obama has now unconstitutionally usurped control over what our kids eat.
If you have your kid in a school that takes federal money, the federal government now has the power to dictate what your kids eat before, during and after school and on vacations.

What country are we living in?

Does anyone care anymore?