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15 hours ago, graciandelamadrededios said:







"The plain wooden cross, Sister Marie told me, had no corpus because in spirit I was to take Our Lord's place there; as a Carmelite I was to perpetuate on earth the suffering life of Our Lord.  "With Christ I am nailed to the Cross."


from My Beloved:The Story of a Carmelite Nun by Mother Catherine Thomas of the Divine Providence, D.C

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On 2/11/2017 at 0:46 AM, Chiquitunga said:

Thanks nunsuch! I remember it being there and talked about in many other Carmelite works, but I was wondering, is there a place like their Constitutions or customary, something like that that gracian seems to have lots of knowledge of, that regulates this for all Carmels? In the Constitutions there are rules about a lot of specific things like this, and simplicity of the cell it talks about as well, but it doesn't actually mention the Cross.. so yeah, wondering.

I wonder also if/when Holy Mother St Teresa started this for her reform, or if it was used by other Orders as well, or the Incarnation. Or rather, it's my friend wondering this, but now me too!

that's a good reminder though, to take a look in My Beloved to see if it references anything, or has a little about its origins. A Few Lines to Tell You too

Hello Chiqui!

I once asked a Poor Clare Colettine Abbess if they have a cross without corpus on their cell and she told me theirs has corpus and that "cross without a corpus" is a Carmelite tradition.

I am not sure if St. Teresa started this custom on her own or she copies if from the customs of the O. Carm.  




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