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Phase 1 Lesson 1

Posted by Cathleen Brock on January 27, 2019 at 2:45 PM

Yesterday I had the honor of facilitating 3 beautiful souls, Peggy, Margherita and Rachel for their first lesson (Formation) in Carmelite Spirituality.  When preparing I reflected on my own journey thinking about what I wish I had heard thirteen years ago during my first lesson. Well, I probably overwhelmed them so I'm going to clarify some of my thoughts and add some. My hope is that some of you will join me in sharing some of your insights.

                 Hurrying is not peace. Relax. Trust in God's timing.                                                                                                                                      Transformation happens over a lifetime through the concrete everyday life of conflict, trials, joys, disappointments, success and the mundane. Transformation happens when we live through and reflect on all that happens in our life while in deep relationship with Christ through it all. When we enter deeply into ourselves courageously accepting and fighting our disorderd passions we are lead into our own reality. Facing our own reality is true humility. In finding our true selves, we experience the real God. In other words we encounter the true God through self-observation and sincere self-knowledge. This is an important part of our prayerlife and journey.

Your journey is about the health of your soul. Passing judgement on others is a sign that you are not facing or even aware of your own truth.

Be genuine. Don't be afraid to show weakness or make mistakes. This is how we grow and learn. You are among sisters and brothers who love you.

Remember that you can do nothing apart from Him and the only true measure of your journey is if you are growing in love.

If we are truly encountering Christ we will begin to see as He sees and love as He loves.

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