people set aside for special purposes
for God. Whether they are living in a
monastery or among the poor, these
vows direct how each religious lives
the gospel and serves God.
The vows define religious and
make up the heart of a unique
lifestyle. This lifestyle is meant to
be prophetic: The vows announce
the reign of God, the manifestation
of Christ’s peace and justice. The
biblical prophets were centered on
announcing God’s ways to the world;
the vows act in the same way. Compared to biblical prophets, though,
religious do not necessarily need to
announce God’s ways with words.
Rather, they proclaim by the very way
they live their lives.
A decade after that first visit to
the convent, I stood in front of an al-
tar with Franciscan sisters beside me.
I professed vows for the first time
and joined a lineage of holy men
and women linked back to the early
church. My community, family, and
friends were with me, witnessing.
I gave myself to God in this public
manner because my commitment is
for others. The words of dedication
became my life map.
When I vowed poverty I commit-
ted to living simply and having no
private possessions. This meant that
I would share all things in common
WHILE HER vows entail
not having children of
her own, Walsh enjoys
being a part of her
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