Sunday, November 20, 2011

Jon and I are Carmelites!!!!!


November Profession Mass in Frederick, MD
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My Temporary Promise

“I, Abigail Benjamin, inspired by the Holy Spirit in response to
God’s call, sincerely promise to the Superiors of the Order
of the Teresian Carmel and to you, my brothers and sisters,
to tend toward evangelical perfection in the spirit of the
evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, obedience, and
of the Beatitudes, according to the Rule of St. Albert
and the Constitutions of the Secular Order of Discalced
Carmelites, for three years.

I confidently entrust this, my Promise, to the Virgin Mary,
Mother and Queen of Carmel.”

(PS I'm wearing the cross I got in the first grade for singing in the Methodist Youth Choir. I can't believe this "non-crucifix" Protestant cross was actually a perfect replica of the special crosses that hang inside the Carmelite convents!)


  1. Hooray!!! God bless you and congratulations!! :) :)

  2. Congratulations! You're glowing in this pic.

  3. Congratulations! :) I'm so, so happy for you!

  4. Congratulations! What a wonderful promise. Love the brown motif for the family too. ^_^

  5. Wonderful news! Congratulations to you both. You have been an inspiration to many who read your blog, including me. Asking prayer for this broken piece of pottery. Please remember me and my family during a difficult time. ginny

  6. Thank you so much for your love and your prayers! It's really ridiculous how close I was to giving up right before the Profession Mass. One of the things that kept me going was all the love I constantly receive from this blog. Thank you!

    Pray for me to make it all the way to my FINAL, permanent vow in November 2014!

  7. Congratulations! That is wonderful news!

  8. Congratulations! I am so happy for you. And what a beautiful family picture!

  9. May you and your family be abundantly blessed in your Carmelite journey!

  10. Congratulations! You made it! :)