Folks, I just took one of those new-fangled quizzes regarding what would be my best “monastic” fit – have in mind that I’m married and that vowed monasticism is sort of out of the question for us – and this is the result:
Your charism, or spiritual focus, and that of the Carmelite Order is contemplative prayer. Founded in the 12th century, the Order is considered by the Church to be under the special protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and thus has a strong Marian devotion. Carmelite t...radition traces the origin of the order to a community of hermits on Mount Carmel that succeeded the schools of the prophets in ancient Israel, and follows the Carmelite Rule of St. Albert. The rule consisted of sixteen articles, which enjoined strict obedience to their prior, residence in individual cells, constancy in prayer, the hearing of Mass every morning in the oratory of the community, vows of poverty and toil, daily silence from vespers until terce the next morning, abstinence from all forms of meat except in cases of severe illness, and fasting from Holy Cross Day (September 14) until the Easter of the following year. They wear the same habit as the Dominicans, except that the cloak was white, and they wear a distinctive garment called a scapular made of two strips of gray cloth, worn on the breast and back, and fastened at the shoulders. Friars differ from monks in that they are called to live the evangelical counsels (vows of poverty, chastity and obedience) in service to a community, rather than through cloistered asceticism and devotion. Whereas monks live cloistered away from the world in a self-sufficient community, friars are supported by donations or other charitable support. Several famous Carmelites include St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. John of the Cross, Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, and St. Teresa of Ávila (who formed a new mendicant branch called the Discalced, or Barefoot, Carmelites).
Well, what do you know! May be a tertiary but, no, I’m already a lay Benedictine!
Take the quiz yourself!
- Hat tip to Sancte Pater.