disciple of Jesus. The vow of obedi-
ence has set me free.
A vowed religious is zealous for the
reign of God. We believe our commitment to this countercultural lifestyle heralds the coming of Christ’s
reign. It takes a lot of dedication to
constantly witness; it’s daily work.
I’ve heard many religious say that
they must choose to live the vows
each day. We can’t be halfhearted in
our discipleship or stagnant in our
There is a lot of variety among
religious communities about how the
vows are lived and even which vows
are taken. Some monastic communi-
ties take a vow of “stability,” meaning
that the monastery will remain their
home. In some communities, the
sisters and brothers may take a fourth
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vow such as “hospitality” or “service
to the poor.” Dominicans only vow
obedience, implying with that vow
their acceptance of chastity and poverty. Each congregation has a distinct
structure, constitution, way of dress,
and way of being in the world.
By our commitment and our
unique lifestyle, we give our whole
selves to God: body, wealth, and
will. This bold way of living means
holding up signs of hope, bravely,
to a discouraged and hurting world.
These are not just placards declaring GOD LOVES or protesting sin.
Rather, through our lifestyle, with
zeal and gusto, we make visible
what Christ established: Everything
belongs to God, all bodies are sacred,
God’s will be done—a whole new
world on its way. =
“A new sister looks at the vows.”
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