the new carmelite priest


Morning prayer has just ended at St. Elias Priory in Middletown. Father Mike has enjoined Brother Charles, soon to be ordained, to await his turn to be interviewed.

“I suppose I’m set,” thought the prospective Carmelite priest.

“I’ve studied the Rule of St. Albert,and Teresian and Sanjuanist theology and philosophy, for eight years.”

In spite of all his confidence, he couldn’t help getting an unbearably dry mouth. His coarse brown habit and cream colored mantle were starting to feel heavy.

“My married friends and relatives have one kind of responsibilities in their vocation,” he thought, “and I have another.”



  1. Good story, Larry. It’s plain to see you’ve had experience in being in that Carmelite world. People often don’t realize how full a schedule a religious has. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne


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