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Parish groups

The Secular Carmelites are not generally organised in parish groups, for members come from different parishes, sometimes at quite a distance from the meeting-place. (I know Seculars who travel two hours or more to get to meetings of their community.) But it is perfectly possible - in a large or average-size parish at least - to set up a group on Carmelite lines open to all parishioners. When I say 'on Carmelite lines' I mean a group whose meetings are devoted to such things as saying the appropriate part of the Divine Office together, discussing a text by one of our Carmelite teachers, and silent prayer. I was present at such a meeting in our parish last night, we have called it 'Going Deeper'. The title is meant to appeal to Catholics who are faithful to the Church but feel hungry to go closer to God, perhaps without knowing how to do so. Sometimes such groups are called 'Carmelite Spirituality' groups but I don't much like the word 'spirituality'. It's a bit abstract and sounds rather intellectual. We in our group are studying Teresa's Interior Castle. Last night we were greatly encouraged by this sentence: '[God] teaches during the brief moments we spend in prayer; however lukewarm these moments may be, God esteems them highly'. (in the Second Dwelling Places, Chapter 1, section 3)

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