Carmelite Life

oold carmelites peeling potatoes

“Do not think, my sisters, that because you do not go about trying to please people in the world you will lack food. You will not, I assure you…” Way of Perfection

old carms gardenting

“Even when alms are freely given to supply our needs, we should have some suitable work by means of which we can assist others.” Way of Perfection

old carm sewing

“Let us remember that we are subject to the common law of work which is the normal means of providing the necessities of life. We freely and gladly give ourselves to manual work and to the humbler and more toilsome household tasks of the monastery.” Way of Perfection

old nun pray without cease

“The beginning of our Rule tells us to pray without ceasing.” Way of Perfection

old nun putting on veil

“At the first stroke of the bell, all the Sisters assemble in choir…” Way of Perfection

old carm parlor

“The novices, like the professed Sisters, may receive visits; because we wish them to remain with us of their own free will, and if for some reason they are unhappy and do not wish to stay, let them have the chance to make it known.” Way of Perfection

old carm nm nov

“Let them keep their hair short, so as not to wast time combing it. There must be no mirrors or anything fancy… all Sisters, without any distinction whatever, shall in all humility, modesty and piety… avoid singularity and vanity of all kinds.” Way of Perfection

“In the training of novices, special attention is to be given to Sacred Scriptures.” Way of Perfection

old nuns cutting hari

“Let them keep their hair short, so as not to wast time combing it. There must be no mirrors or anything fancy… all Sisters, without any distinction whatever, shall in all humility, modesty and piety… avoid singularity and vanity of all kinds.” Way of Perfection

old carm in cell reading

“All who profess this life shall be enclosed and have no leave or authority to go out, save only in case of imminent danger. Such dangers will be: fire, floods, destruction of buildings, terrors of war, military invasion…” Way of Perfection

old carm making bed

“Those who are ill may lie on sacks filled with straw and have feather pillows for their heads…do not think of complaining about weaknesses and minor ailments from which women suffer, for the Devil sometimes makes you imagine them. They come and go…” Way of Perfection

old carm and priest

“When the physician comes, or the barber, or the confessor, or any other person whose presence is necessary, two Sisters must always accompany him.” Way of Perfection

old carm portress

“The Portress should be of mature virtue an discreet, and should be of suitable age. During the day she shall remain at the entry in a small open cell without a door. The Sisters shall not allow anyone to enter the monastery before sunrise, not to remain within after sunset.” Way of Perfection

old carm heaven on earth

“This house is another Heaven, if it be possible to have Heaven on earth.” Way of Perfection

Carmelite Nun at Prayer

“…to prepare their hearts of the Lord; there they shall remain without converse, murmur, laughter and without vain and idle looks, in silence and peace; and there they shall continue all together to the end.” Way of Perfection

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3 responses to “Carmelite Life

  1. FutureCarmeliteJMJ

    Are these pictures from Kirk Edge? (except the last, I know that one’s from France I believe) They’re beautiful! very neat to see…

    • No none of these are from Kirk Edge Carmel. They may all be old pictures of French Carmelites! I just came across them and decided to post them! I liked them to and thought it was good to show some traditional Carmelites – like a little bit of history of Carmel!

  2. FutureCarmeliteJMJ

    Praised be Jesus Christ! Thanks for the reply! This is your friend “Chiqui” by the way, lol. I should have known those were not Kirk Edge, like by the non-double grille, etc. I wondered if some of them were though. I know I’ve seen these pictures somewhere .. probably something crazy4nuns was selling on eBay 🙂

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