I’m becoming a Carmelite!

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I’m not going to go into the long and drawn out story of how i got to this point in my life, other than to say that I didn’t realise there was a name for what i experience, and that name can be condensed into one word – Carmel. For those who understand no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, I’m afraid no explanation is possible. My heart has been in Carmel since i was 4 years old and it has taken my spirit 30 long painful wrenching years to catch up! But now it seems I can be whole again and it is time for me to take my first few steps into the home i knew was out there and have been desperately searching for my whole life.

This week i was enrolled with the brown scapular (to find out more about the brown scapular click here). Look at my big happy face! 

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It will take around 6 years in total before i can make my final profession as a secular carmelite and I would ask you now to pray for me as i start this incredibly exciting new part of my life! 

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That is all i will say for now other than if you want to know who made my beautiful brown scapular – it was my amazingly patient and kind friend Lynne and you can see more of her work here.

The closer one approaches to God, the simpler one becomes.”  ― Teresa of Ávila

23 thoughts on “I’m becoming a Carmelite!

  1. How wonderful! I am very happy for you. I didn’t know there were secular Carmelites that go through 6 years of formation!!! Prayers for you, and congratulations and blessings for the journey.

  2. Your Scapular is beautiful- it is good to find the charism in the church that feels so right to belong too. I have been very influenced by the Salesian and Dominican charism and feel very at home there.

  3. I will pray for you! How very exciting this new path in your life. I LOVE your scapular – can they be ordered? Is there a website? I tried clicking around but did not get anywhere….thank you

  4. Nice! I’ve worn a Brown Scapular for over 40 years. The one I wear now was hand made and given to me by a friend (RIP) in Australia and it has lasted for nearly 10 years (amazing!). I never take it off, even when I shower. I always wanted to be a Carmelite, but never could find a group nearby or I moved too much. I have a beautiful 32 inch tall statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in my living room, which has been with us also over 40 years. I’ve assisted at Mass with Bishops at the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Brooklyn. It is also called the GIGLIO FEAST, which coincidentally is my last name!!! My life has been wrapped up in Carmel!!! 🙂 God bless us all+

  5. Reblogged this on Deaconjohn1987's Blog and commented:
    Nice! I’ve worn a Brown Scapular for over 40 years. The one I wear now was hand made and given to me by a friend (RIP) in Australia and it has lasted for nearly 10 years (amazing!). I never take it off, even when I shower. I always wanted to be a Carmelite, but never could find a group nearby or I moved too much. I have a beautiful 32 inch tall statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in my living room, which has been with us also over 40 years. I’ve assisted at Mass with Bishops at the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Brooklyn. It is also called the GIGLIO FEAST, which coincidentally is my last name!!! My life has been wrapped up in Carmel!!! 🙂 God bless us all+

  6. Welcome to Carmel! My daughter is a Carmelite Sister and I hope to have my clothing some time around Christmas as a Discalced Secular….Carmel is heaven on earth. I thank God for your vocation and may you be greatly blessed!

  7. It’s a wonderful experience isn’t it. I was received on July 16th (Our Lady of Carmel) this year into the Third Order Carmelites.. I love the discipline of prayer, and the sense of following such an ancient path. We must pray for each other…

  8. You must be within travelling distance of Aylesford; Southwark has diocesan events there from time to time; if I find the newsletters from Fr Malachy Lynch I have, I’ll send you copies – you might enjoy the read. Have you read the story of the rebuilding of the Shrine?