[quote="JoyfulLife, post:15, topic:221918"]
But what about meetings with the other third order members, spiritual talks/teachings, doing things together as a community, etc.?
What do you do as a third order carmelite? What's your daily schedule? Are you obligated to do things at a certain time, etc.? How do you manage to work and everything?
Attendance at meetings is mandatory and one must be excused to miss one. I have gone to the meetings in Buffalo. Yesterday, it took me only 45 minutes to get there. Border crossing was slight.
The funny thing, the border patrol asked me where I was going..I told him to Carmel...and it was a prayer meeting (to make it simple). He said didn't i have those in Canada? I had to laugh in my head. I told him not like this one! I shared that with the group at lunch and they laughed.
There is to an extent a certain time...Liturgy of the hours, meditation, spiritual reading. I do not work anymore...so it is quite easy to follow through. But there are those that do work and seem to cope. There are quite a few men in the group (young and old) and they work. Beautiful people...I have never expereinced men so spiritual as this.