edge our need to love and to be loved
personally . . . we choose that the
deepest of all our relationships will be
our relationship to Christ . . . we free
our hearts from all that might hinder
this relationship in order that we
might be more available to Christ and
to others . . . by the joy which this
commitment radiates and the qual-
ity of our presence . . . we become a
dynamic source of Christ’s love . . .
we announce what will be our resur-
When I reflect on these words,
the vow of celibacy is much more a
positive choice than a set of “can-
nots” and “don’t haves.” That is the
frame of mind in which I choose to
live, and my life is very full of people
I love, some more deeply and inti-
mately than others.
Vowing celibacy, though, has its
difficulties. There are times when I
ache for that life partner who is solely
for me and I for him; when I wonder
what my children would have been
like; and let’s be honest, sex drive
doesn’t go away with vows either. I
need to find healthy ways to negotiate times when celibacy feels anything but freeing—honest conversations with good friends, healthy community life, and good-old-fashioned
prayer and asceticism work wonders!
I do admit that celibacy is the biggest
“price” I have had to pay in receiving
the incredible gift of religious life—
but it is oh so worth it!
Obedience: Pay attention
Obedience is the vow by which I
seek to follow God’s will for me
POVERTY, chastity, and
obedience keep religious
closely connected to one
another. Daigle gives a hug
to fellow Marianite Sister
Marie Renée Moreau.
By accepting changes
and challenges I did not
initially embrace, I have
grown in ways I never
could have imagined.
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