Our First Handmaidens Meeting of the Year

Last night we had our first Handmaidens meeting of the year. What a grace-filled night it was! For those of you who don’t know, the Handmaidens is a faith formation group for young women who come together monthly for fellowship, prayer and a presentation. I must say that I never cease to be amazed at the beautiful spirit of these girls. It makes you realize how alive the Church is and how much hope our future holds if our future resides in the hearts of these young people.

Our theme for this year is PUT OUT INTO THE DEEP based upon the Gospel of Luke, Ch. 5. You may want to look it up and reflect on it on your own. Last nights talk was entitled, Encountering the Living God. Our speaker chose to approach it in the light of vocation. The Latin root word of vocation is vocare – which means to call. Oftentimes we tend to solely relate the word “vocation” to that of our state in life i.e. the vocation to marriage, the vocation to the religious life. More basic than that is our vocation as man. We are men and women made in the image and likeness of God. What an awesome calling! Innately we are drawn to goodness, beauty, oneness…we are drawn to seek the Lord.

We can also tend to think of an “encounter” as a solitary event in the history of time. Not so with the Lord. We “encounter” Him from the very beginning of our existence and this encounter never stops. It’s dynamic. Our very being, our vocation, as we strive to be faithful to it, opens our eyes to this “encounter” that has been in motion from our conception. As we grow in age, grace and wisdom and are enlightened with moments of clarity, as we grow in our relationship with the Lord and continue to “encounter” Him, this growing awareness and acceptance of Jesus Christ into our lives changes us at our core. He invites us to “put out into the deep”, to open the doors of our hearts and to follow Him…as only in this will we experience the fullness of the happiness we were made to experience in this life.

Published in: on September 16, 2007 at 3:12 pm  Comments (5)  

New to the blogging world!

Praised be Jesus Christ! As some of you may have noticed, our website has been down for a couple of days. It was our hope to re-vamp it and get it back up and running within the same day. Talk about un-realistic. Un-realistic or ignorance. Whichever sounds best. 🙂 I must say that the web world is a mystery – it’s an entirely different language that one has to learn to be able to do what you want to do. Nevertheless…do keep checking in as we hope within the month to have our completed re-vamped sight up. However, check out our vocations website (beautyofcarmel.org) as there is more visible progress there.

Our purpose for blogging is two-fold. To give you a glimpse into some of our daily and not so daily happenings. Very often we post slide shows to share with you the different events that occur either in our Carmels or in our apostolates. We thought it might be a nice idea on occasion to share our written thoughts as well. Secondly, we get quite a few questions about our way of life, Carmelite spirituality, our charism, our community. We thought it might be easier to make this spot available for you to ask questions or to post comments – and on our part, it would be our joy to be of assistance.

The beauty of religious life cannot adequately be expressed in writing, the joys of a Carmelite vocation is itself indescribable as well…but we will do the best we can. You do have to know that you are going to be getting a very biased opinion – seeing as how we are Carmelites who love our vocation, love the Church. 🙂

Published in: on September 15, 2007 at 10:49 pm  Comments (7)