Evangelical Counsels

Ask, and it will be given to you. (Luke 11:9)

Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:48

The religious profession is a special consecration deeply rooted in the baptismal consecration and is a further expression of it. By Religious vows to keep the three evangelical counsels. They give themselves to God they love above all things without reserve, and unite themselves to the mystery of the Church in a new way: Life in Religious Family.

Our Life of Chastity:

By the vow of chastity, relying on God’s word and help, we embrace a life of virginity of mind and body, preferring it to lawful marriage, so that we may attend to the things of God with an undivided heart and that by an evangelical sisterly life we may herald that communion in love that is to come.

By the vow of chastity we bind ourselves to total continence and to avoiding all that might impair chastity or tarnish the purity of heart.

Chastity for the sake of the kingdom of heaven is indeed a sign for the world and an incentive to love. It is a wonderful source of spiritual fruitfulness. It binds us with a lasting and exclusive bond to Christ and to our religious family, Sisterly love, on the other hand, through the vow of chastity, greatly contributes towards attaining a full and personal life.

Our life of Poverty:

We have deliberately chosen a life of poverty genuinely evangelical. The more shall we free ourselves from all earthly ties the better prepared shall we be for God and apostolate through service. By religious poverty not only we depend on our superiors in the use and disposition of things, but after the example of Christ, we aim at being poor in spirit and in fact.

Our Life of Obedience:

By the vow of Obedience we offer to God the dedication of our own will, uniting it with greater steadiness and security to the saving Will of God, we want to show humble and respectful obedience to our superiors as God’s representative in all things that, directly or indirectly, pertain to the keeping of our vows, the rule, the constitution and the directions. By the vow of obedience we submit with filial love and devotedness to the Roman Pontiff as to our highest superior. We also show obedience to the bishops, submitting to their pastoral authority in diocesan churches.