Thirteenth and Fourteenth Day of the General Chapter 2019
Sunday, 22 September, day of rest, the participants visited Castel Gandolfo and the gardens of the pontifical palace, an excellent place where the popes can rest and antique residence of the emperor Domitian.
On the 23 September, the 14th day of the General Chapter the work of the chapter continued with the process of revising the last proposals of the Constitutions and started to study and vote those proposals related to issues of government, international commissions, Europe, co-ordination of new foundations, formation, culture, Carmelite identity, justice and peace and care of creation, Carmelite liturgy and economy. Throughout the day members of the Carmelite family started to arrive.
The Eucharist was presided by the Secretary of the Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Mgr. José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM. He greeted the Prior General, the participants of the Chapter and the members of the Carmelite Family. He appreciated the close collaboration developed during these last years between the Congregation and the Carmelite Order.
During his homily he focused of the figure of the prophet Elijah, an inspirational figure of our charism and spirituality, pointing out three verbs: Stand up, eat and walk. Wake up as an antidote to resignation, described as the venom of religious life. Eat, to be sustained by the tradition, returning to the sources, living in faithfulness to our tradition, as Pope Francis reminded us in his message. Walk, to be open to the future, with an undivided heart, together, avoiding the snares that create division of the essential.
Afterwards Mgr Carballo greeted the Carmelite contemplative nuns and said a few words of appreciation to them. The Congregation had worked closely with them in these years.