Carmelite Tertiary Handbook
Please pass this on to any Carmelite Tertiaries you know, as it is very rare and they are likely to find it useful.Way of Perfection for the Laity
A detailed explanation of the Discalced Carmelite Third Secular Order Rule
by Rev. Fr. Kevin, O.C.D.
Gill & Son, Dublin, 1963.http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/books/way_of_perfection_for_laity.pdf
And for general interest (i.e. those not desiring to follow the Carmelite Rule) - Pages ii and iii:
N.B.—Those who are not specially interested in our Carmelite Tertiaryship, but desire to obtain a knowledge of Carmelite spirituality, are advised to read from chapter xi to chapter xv of this book. By Carmelite spirituality we mean the methods and principles of prayer and the interior life which inspire the lives and counsels of the three great saints, Teresa of Jesus, John of the Cross and Teresa of the Child Jesus. We trust readers will find in those pages in simple language all that is necessary to give them such an appreciation of the spirit of those saints as will make them resolve to take the means to acquire it. This book is devoted to the explanation of those means.
To all souls who, amidst the distractions of the world, are earnest in seeking to keep their hearts for God and look to Mary to do this for them.
THE THIRD ORDER OF CARMEL
“Ideal: the union of the soul and God, a union more intimate than that of the window and the ray, of the coal and the fire. Wondrous means: surrender of the soul to the action of God by prayer, ‘holy meditations and contemplations,’ in a word, Love and its pursuit, those are the spiritual arms of the Order of Carmel. Its motto is that of Saint Paul, ‘Ambulate in dilectione’ (walk in love). The child of Carmel ‘knows only one means to reach perfection . . . Love’; nothing troubles him, nothing affrights him—nothing is wanting to him. God alone is sufficient for him. Following the beautiful programme of Sister Elizabeth of the Trinity, his life must be a continual communion, ‘he awakes in Love— the whole day is lived in Love in doing the will of the Good God—then, when evening comes after a dialogue of love which has never ceased in his heart, surrendering to the fire of love which consumes all his faults and infidelities, he sleeps again in love’ under the gaze of Our Lady, the sweetness and glory of Carmel.” —Rev. Father Eliseus of the Nativity, O.D.C.
“Abide in My Love” — Invitation of our Saviour in His discourse of love at the Last Supper.
“My sole business is Love” —- St. John of the Cross, Doctor of Divine Love.
“My vocation is Love” — St. Teresa of the Child Jesus.