September 1, 2023
Our Lady of Sorrows

September: Dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows

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By Mary O'Boyle OCDS,
Christchurch President

Dear brothers and sisters in Carmel,

Recently you will have received by email a letter from Fr Miguel, our Superior General, drawing attention to the twentieth anniversary of OCDS Constitutions. Below are excerpts from his letter:

...A charism of a religious family isn’t defined or worn out by their founders, it rather grows in richness and continuous updating thru the experience of new sons and daughters...
...You, secular Carmelites of all the world, are for me living witnesses of this charism...
...Twenty years ago, on June 16th 2003, the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (now a Dicastery) declared:
‘May the new text of the Constitutions of the Secular Order of the Discalced Carmelites be a really effective means, so that its members can reinvigorate more and more their baptismal consecration...
Through this decree, our Holy Mother the Church expressed that the vocation of the Secular Carmelite is truly a path towards sanctity...”

I’d like to share with you my thoughts on reinvigorating the call to Secular Carmel:

  1. Do I have sufficient comprehensive knowledge and understanding of our Constitutions to enable me to fully live my Secular Carmel vocation?
  2. The Statutes, drawn from the Constitutions: How faithful am I in living out the demands of our Charism as Secular Carmelites?
  3. Renewal of promise at Easter: How faithful am I in promising to be obedient and faithful to the Constitutions of our Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Teresa, especially when it becomes difficult?

For me it has been salutary and enlightening.

(P.S. I didn’t do too badly on the 6 M’s!)

In prayer,

Mary O'Boyle, OCDS

Christchurch's Peace of Christ Community President

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