Q – What are your thoughts on the Definitives in their Ongoing Formation class choosing a topic that is not Carmelite and not a Church document, but is a Bible study available in parishes, i.e., one of the “Little Rock” studies?
A – In the Ongoing Formation class, there is flexibility for members to choose a discussion topic that supports their Carmelite formation. However, not too much time should be spent on a topic that is extraneous to Carmelite spirituality and our Formation Guidelines. What is best is that the Definitives agree on a topic that they did not cover adequately the first time around. As we prepare for the 500th Centenary of the Birth of St. Teresa, the Definitives in quite a number of communities have decided to discuss the different works of St. Teresa which they could not cover adequately in their initial formation classes.