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Lay People

Laity Commission 2013-2019

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Raúl Maraví Cabrera

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"Lay People are, put simply, the vast majority of the people of God" (Evangelii Gaudium 102)

In the Carmelite Family the laity represents a great number of faithful who live the Carmelite spirituality and are inspired by the charism of the Order in their daily lives. These men and women, adult and young, have been called by the Lord to share a mission within our Order, in the Church, and ultimately in our modern societies.

The Rule for the Third Order of Carmel

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The Rule for the Third Order of Carmel is printed in English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and French. For orders and further information please contact: Edizioni Carmelitane.

Copyright 2003. All rights reserved. No part of this document may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher: Edizioni Carmelitane, Via Sforza Pallavicini, 10, 00193 Rome, Italy.

Contact Lay Carmelite Office

To contact the office of Lay Carmelites and question regarding Lay Carmelites, please write to:

General Delegate T.O.C.

Very Rev. Raúl Maraví, O.Carm.
Email: rmaravi@ocarm.org

International Secretary T.O.C.

Ms. María José Garcia de la Barrera, JuCar
Email: lay.secretariat@ocarm.org

Curia Generalizia dei Carmelitani

Via Giovanni Lanza, 138, 00184 Roma, Italy.
Tel. (+39) 0664201840 - Fax (+39) 0664201847

Introduction

Lay Carmelite

From the beginning, the Carmelites assisted groups of lay people who disired to live a better Christian life through their devotion to Our Lady, their prayer, their charity. In time, the groups which were better organized gathered together into a well-structured institution with specific obligations: this became known as the Carmelite Third Order, true school of holiness and of ecclesial commitment, with a Rule of its own.

Third Order

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The Third Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is an association of lay people who, in response to a call from God promise to live the Gospel in the spirit of the Carmelite Order and under its guidance.

As well as lay people, diocesan priests, who find in the Carmelite charism help for their spiritual lives and their mission in the Church and the world, may be members of the Carmelite Third Order.

Confraternities

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The Scapular Confraternity of Carmel is an association of the faithful who strive for the perfection of charity in the world in the spirit of the Carmelite Order. Through their free commitment, they participate in the life of the Order and its spiritual benefits in an intimate communion of thought, ideals and works, together with Mary.

Devotees

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The following of Christ and of Mary, as understood and lived according to the charism of the Order, is the ideal of the faithful in the Carmelite Family. They can rely on the help and support of all the brothers and sisters who share in the same ideal. The members of the Carmelite Family live their commitment in various ways: in solitude, in community, in the apostolic life, on the streets of the world, working with Mary for the Kingdom of Christ.

A Dream and an Image of the General Chapter

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Víctor M. Navarro Poncela

Last night a dear friend asked me to tell him the story of an experience and a thousand feelings came to me as I locked into the unyielding pages a dream and an image.

An Image

The doors of the main chapel in Sassone are closed; inside, there are human shapes, dressed in brown, many of them, filling the rustic benches that shape the lower part of the chapel space

Lay Carmelites with the Scapular

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Fr. Joseph Hung Tran, O.Carm.

The maternal love that the Blessed Virgin Mary has for the Carmelites is evidenced in the Brown Scapular. It is the sign of protection that Mary offered to the Order of Carmelites during a difficult time of the Order. The legend recorded is that Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock and promised to protect the Order

The Carmelite Laity in the Middle Ages

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James Pilkington, O. Carm.

«The age in which. we live demands that we try by every possible means to turn. the attention of the People once more to the Third Order and promote it everywhere from day to day.»

Most Reverend HILARY M. DOSWALD, O.Carm. (Elian letters, 1940)

The foundation of the Mendicant Orders in the Middle Ages had a profound influence on the faithful — at that time the old monastic spirit flourished in the very midst of the people.

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