- "CHARISM AND SPIRITUALITY" COMMISSION
- COMISIÓN "CARISMA Y ESPIRITUALIDAD"
- COMMISSIONE "CARISMA E SPIRITUALITĄ"
"CHARISM AND SPIRITUALITY" COMMISSION
The Curia General of the Order of Brothers of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel, located in Rome on Via Giovanni Lanza 138, hosted a meeting on 29 – 31 March 2005 of the International Commission “Charism and Spirituality” of the Order. M.R.P. Vice General, Fr. Carlo Cicconetti presided. Present at the meeting were: Mons. Vital Wilderink; Fr. Paul Chandler; Fr. Henricus Pidyarto; Fr. Gianfranco Tuveri; Fr. Kees Waaijman; and Fr. Pedro Bravo Pereira da Silva, who covered the role of Secretary. Absent for justifiable reasons were: Fr. Richard Copsey and Fr. John Russell. Fr. Patrick McMahon, President of The Institutum Carmelitanum, participated as an invited guest.
The meeting began at 4:30p.m., 29 June, with the reading of 1 Corinthians 2: 1-10 and a prayer led by the President.
As the first order of business, we reviewed the itinerary, communicated previously in the letter summoning the meeting:
1. Reading of the Acts of last meeting, reviewing what has been done and what has yet to be completed.
2. Methodology for initiating Carmelite Spirituality (rites, school, etc.), other Methods, Dialogue and concrete proposals, Presented by Kees Waaijman
3. Planning for the centennial of the Rule. Actual situation and last years proposed calendar. Presented by Kees Waaijman.
4. Celebration of centennial of St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi. Information.
5. Academic initiative planned by the Institutum Carmelitanum; Presented by Patrick McMahon.
6. Information from the International Formation Commission, Proposal of an additional meeting next year in view of a small presentation to be presented at the 2007 General Chapter.
7. Directory on Carmelite Spirituality: information and planning the last booklets.
Given Kees Waaijman’s limited available time, it was decided to begin from point three, returning then to point two. This was preceded by passing on to receive approval of the proposed time-table for the meetings: morning work is from 9:30 until 10:45 and from 11:15 until 1:00; afternoon work is from 16:30 until 18:00, and from 18:15 until 19:00; Vespers is celebrated with the community.
Time-table approved, work continued with various points from the approved order of business for the day.
1. Project for the centennial of the Rule. Kees Waaijman has presented a draft for the booklet of the Rule, which on the occasion of the Centennial, it is being worked on by the artist Simone Weijs. The result will combine text and images:
It has been established that the text of the Rule which will be published is the one with the Seal of Innocence IV, Quae honorem Conditoris, from 1 October 1247, and the Formula Vitae dating from St. Albert Patriarch of Jerusalem between 1206 and 1214;
It has been approved that the celebration of the Centennial in 2007, is not just for our Order but for the Discalced Carmelites as well.
It was thought not to indicate any particular date on the volumes of the booklets, but to only indicate Eighth Centennial of the Carmelite Rule. Still waiting for translations in some languages, you are reminded they must be sent, as soon as possible, first to the Secretary General, Fr. Kevin Alban, who will forward them to Kees Waaijman. It has been decided that the artist must conclude his work, looking to maintain correspondence between word and image, and then sending a draft in English and Dutch to the members of the Commission within the last trimester of this year for approval. Upon approval, the corrected draft is to be past to the other additions in the remaining languages. In the mean time, the project should be made known to the Order of Discalced Carmelites with the conclusion of studying a possible collaboration between the two branches, for realization of this project.
2. Methodology for initiation into Carmelite Spirituality. Kees Waaijman went on to illustrate the proposal of a basic framework for initiation of Carmelite Spirituality. Beginning with point number two (2) from the decree of the Vatican II Ecumenical Council, on the convenient renewal of religious life, Perfectae Caritatis, Kees, by laying out the facts of his thesis, presented the two largest lines that must lead renewal of the religious life: returning to the basics and responding to the signs of the times. The same decree in number four (4) proceeds to speak of the true environment in which those two instances are assumed and integrated in an efficacious transforming process: the interior workings for renewal. It is precisely at this level where the “hermeneutical competence” is placed, that all the effort of the initiation of Carmelite Spirituality must be concentrated upon, given that, as the Council recorded, that it is not so much the return to the basics and the listening of the signs of the times that provoke true renewal, but the way in which it is internalized and combined in each institute by its members.
In following, Kees Waaijam continued to illustrate his inspirational thesis also of the Ratio Institutionis Vitae Carmelitanae, in which formation is defined as a via for interior transformation and that, the numbers 65, 78, 82, and 115, make an appeal to each Carmelite, exhorting them to recognize the gift in itself and remembering its primordial and non substitutable responsibility in the process of transformation.
Beginning from this point, all the members of the commission passed onto a debate in which they considered this thesis to be fundamental.
Considering the late hour, work was interrupted at 19:00 to be taken up again the next day, at approximately 9:30 A.M., beginning again on the same point. The moderator of the discussions or debates was Fr. Paul Chandler who was introduced following a reading, Sir 37: 20 – 26, by Fr. Henricus Pidyarto.
Recapitulating the discussion of the previous day, Kees Waaijman once again clearly stated the three dimensions presented in the decree Perfectae Caritatis before passing on to speak more in depth on the second point of his exploration, illustrating first of all, with some experience and programmes, which for a number of years, were held in a Dutch province followed by a sociological – religious study carried out and completed in the City of Kendal, in England, where it is clearly demonstrated that the renewal of the life of faith is carried out to its end only when passing from the sphere of exterior reference to the basis of faith of religious practices, so the challenge thrown out demonstrates the signs of the times. That which regards the personal challenge – the hermeneutical competence—is operating from an interior transformation that renews relational and personal aspects in its fourfold dimension: with God, with ourselves, with others, and with an historical reality. The experience of the Dutch provinces takes into consideration the method of lectio divina –practiced not only on the personal level, but in the community as well, with opening up and participation by other members of the Carmelite family and is very appropriate for carrying forward toward the finality of transformation, taking the content of our spirituality, in line with efficacious personal renewal and the enrichment of the Carmelite charism.
Following a pause, from 10:45 until 11:15, after which Fr. Carlo Cicconetti was absent for a press conference, work continued under the moderation of Fr. Paul Chandler.
Kees Waaijman once again illustrated his thesis, analyzing the project of the International Commission of Formation for a Congress on the “Inculturization of the Carmelite Charism and the Diverse Reality of our Order” which will be held from 24 July to 6 August 2006, in Nairobi, Kenya. An agreement was reached for the desire to continue this debate in the afternoon with the presence of Fr. Carlo Cicconetti for understanding how to respond to this document on the basis of the reflections which would continue in the mean time.
Returning once again to point number two (2) of our order of the day, the moderator requested to pass on to the consideration of concrete proposals for the Order.
An agreement was found, first of all, that this process be defined as, “Carmelite Mystagogy”, and the proposal was accepted, in the mean time, discussions of increasing the process of involvement of the Order, of the province and brethren in search for a line of orientation in such a way where it would be possible to propose and transmit the charism of different aspects of Carmelite ministries (spiritual exercise, parishes, retreats, schools, pastoral needs in peculiar situations or of borders, etc.) calculating similar moves such as these had been followed in the realization of RIVC.
Work was interrupted from 13:00 until 16:30, and started again with the presence of Fr. Carlo Cicconetti.
First of all, Kees Waaijman was given the job of elaborating a small note to sum up the contributions of this Commission regarding the project of the International Commission of Formation for the congress in Nairobi, as well, he was able to arrive to the Commission itself through the intervention of Fr. Carlo Cicconetti.
The request was agreed upon also by the institution of an under-commission, consisting of Fr. Paul Chandler, Fr. Patrick McMahon, and Fr. Pedro Bravo who study the manner, the processes, and the concrete means for putting into act a journey of sharing and with the dynamics of all the Orders in line with the exercise of our charism, in the ministries that the Order itself is involved with in the various areas in which it has been inserted. This sub-commission must prepare, in unity of all sub-commissions of the International Commission of Formation, a project of action in this field for presenting as a proposal to the next Chapter General of 2007.
Following an intermission from 18:00 until 18:30, it was decided to continue work the next day at 10:30 a.m.
3. Date of the next meeting. In view of the fact that Kees Waaijman and Gianfranco Tuveri are unable to participate on the last day of meetings of this Commission, other dates for the next encounter were fixed for the days 19, 20, 21, April of next year, again in Rome at the Curia General, also taking into consideration that on 20 April also the International Commission of Formation will be meeting as well.
After suspension of work, the meeting continued on 31 March at 10:30 with only the presence of five remaining members. The role of moderator was turned over to Fr. Paul Chandler. After a reading and the approval of the acts, the remaining points of the order of the day were opened for discussion.
4. Academic initiative programmed by the Institutum Carmelitanum. Fr. Patrick McMahon presented the diverse initiatives concluded by the Institutum Carmelitanum beginning with the programme of the seminar on the Rule programmed for Lisieux from 4 to 8 July 2006 with an explanation of the dynamics. Passing on to the next order of business was an illustration of the relative projects for the celebration of the IV Centennial of the death of Santa Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi, it is worth saying the first edition of the magazine Carmelus of scientific studies and the magazine Carmel in the world with articles investigating the same themes. This has brought to our consciousness, among others, the intention of widening the participation in this magazine not only for that which regards the authors, but also the language, using various languages other than English. We have been informed of the realization of a seminar on Saint Teresa in the coming month of October and of the difficulty of gathering fax similes of diverse engravings of the Saint and Saint Mary Magdalena of Pazzi. Fr. Paul Chandler has reminded [others] that the study of Carmelite manuscripts of the first three centuries has not yet concluded. He has welcomed the latest traces of research which are of good fortune, in the mean time and has proposed the creation of a Carmelite study group on the internet where facilitators of formation and those who are participating in formation making a contribution, collecting and sharing materials, in this way, permitting the facilitators to know the form and themes of our spirituality and a more ample public, rendering, in the mean time, accessible the reasoning that the province does not have the needed equipment.
5. Celebration of the centennial of Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi. Various initiatives were spoken about to be involved in the celebration of the IV Centennial which will occur in 2007 marking the death of
Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi. Fr. Pedro Bravo has been informed on the progress in the preparations for a critical edition of all the Magdalenian works, commenting not only specialists, but also by the public at large. Regarding any other initiatives to be undertaken, agreements will be made following a dialogue with the Archbishop of Florence and the Italian Province.
6. Directory of Carmelite Spirituality. Fr. Carlo Cicconetti has been informed that the second to last file on Carmelite symbols is already prepared for printing and the last file on the Rule is on the way to being published. Therefore, preparations for the entire works are almost complete.
7. Other. Fr. Paul Chandler has extended a reminder of the necessity for completing the Ratio Studiorum of the Order, considering it as a possible point on the work agenda for a joint meeting with the International Commission for Formation at next years meeting. Fr. Pedro proposed an in depth look into the capital relative to formation for ministries and the permanent formation present in the RIVC.
Not having other topics to discuss, Fr. Carlo Cicconetti concluded the working meeting at 12:50 with the singing of Flos Carmeli.
Roma, 31 March 2005
The Secretary Fr. Pedro Bravo
The President of the International Commission of Charism and Spirituality
Fr. Carlo Cicconetti
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