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3/25/14 3:00 P

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...aaaaand thanks to *everyone* here for the cheers!!!

Amen, thank you for sharing my JOY!!! emoticon

Believe me-- if you knew me and my crazy story-- this milestone is a miracle, emoticon !



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3/25/14 2:58 P

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BENE38464, that's so cool that you are a Benedictine Oblate!!! emoticon

To answer your question, as for the Secular Carmelites, we remember our requirements as "the 6 M's of Carmel":

~Meditation (30 min. silent meditation per day)
~Mass (daily as often as possible)
~Mary (some form of Marian devotion each day)
~Morning & Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours daily (Night Prayer as you are able)
~Mission (be involved in some kind of apostolate or ministry at your parish)
~Meetings (monthly)

That pretty much sums it up! And this year (our "new year" begins at the Annual Ceremony) my class will begin to study St. Teresa of Avila-- I'm so stoked!!! emoticon

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3/22/14 3:35 P

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Congratulations, Lucy! How wonderful!

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3/21/14 1:04 P

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Yay, Lucy !!! This is so great!!!! Thanks be to God and many hugs to you!!!!!
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3/21/14 12:43 P

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Absolutely brilliant news. Congratulations. emoticon

Today is the beginning of the rest of my life.

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3/21/14 12:20 A

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Sounds like a great opportunity and a good achievement. most people would quit and not see it through if it took longer than 2 years,

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3/20/14 7:55 P

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wow, that is awesome, congratulations and praise God for the devotion of you all. i think that is so great emoticon

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3/20/14 6:11 P

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Lucy, that is wonderful! You never gave up; to me that shows you were being called. I will keep you in my prayers. May God bless you in His Grace. emoticon emoticon
With love & prayers, Janis

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3/20/14 3:26 P

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Congratulations, Lucy!! I'm an OCDS as well (I'll, God willing, make my temporary promises this Fall). When I saw "Secular Carmelites" on here I thought, "wait, am I still on Spark People?"

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, St. Joseph, St. Teresa and St. John, pray for us!

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"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."

"Where there is no love, put love, and you will find love."

"He must increase, I must decrease."


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3/20/14 2:53 P

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Congrats Lucy! How exciting!

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P. S. That's why my name is BENE...the 38464 is my zip code! LOL

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Many congratulations on becoming a 3rd Order Carmelite! I am a 3rd Order Benedictine...they are called Oblates. I have been one for a number of years and am an associate of the Monastery of the Sacred Heart in Yankton, SD!! Pplease tell me what your daily "duties" are going to be. I have to do my lectio divina, my Liturgy of the Hours, read from the Rule of St. benedict daily, and so on! I'm excited for you!

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3/20/14 1:45 P

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Hey, Catholic pals!
I just want to share my joy this morning: this past Saturday, in our annual Ceremony and Mass, I was officially accepted as a Candidate for Temporary Promise (that's for two years) into the Secular Order of Carmel!!! emoticon Glory and praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ!
This has been a looooong journey, with many twists and turns. Lemme put it this way: it takes most folks about a year to go from Aspirant to Candidate... well it took ME nearly a decade! emoticon
God is sooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Now I just pray I don't blow it-- haha! emoticon )

Oh, and Happy First Day of Spring!! emoticon

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