Thursday, October 4, 2007

P4L5 Our Identity, Values and Commitment

Part 4 Our Identity, values and commitment
Lesson 5 The birth of the order

Lesson Objectives:

To understand and appreciate the origins of the Carmelite Order, and cultivate a nurturing spirit for it.

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 18:19-46

Topics for Discussions:

1. Foundation tradition

a. Description of Mt. Carmel
b. The Elijah story

2. The early Hermits of the Order

a. St. Berthold: The First Carmelite Prior
b. Brocard: "B" and the other Hermits

3. The Carmelite Rule

4. The Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel

5. New foundations and the Carmelite habit


Rohrbach, OCD, Peter-Thomas, Journey to Carith: The Story of the Carmelite Order, pp 17-53

Points for Reflection:

It was about the year 1190, that some hermits began to organize themselves on Mount Carmel and is this group that stands at the origins of the Carmelite tradition. At this point, reflect on your understanding of who these hermits were and what they stood for. Can you conceive any connection between them and you? Explain.

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