Are You Called?
Do you feel like you were made for something more? Does nothing satisfy? Are you feeling unsettled and unhappy even though you are preoccupying yourself with things you like? Do you feel God tugging in your heart? Do you feel Him calling you even though you are afraid of what that might mean?
Perhaps Jesus might be calling you to religious life!
What is Religious Life?
Religious life is a radical response of love to God who calls us. We say yes to God in religious life when we want to give ourselves unreservedly with total trust to Him without conditions. This is especially fulfilled through the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, whose exemplar is Christ Himself.
Through the vow of chastity, we exclusively belong to the Lord, and we give our hearts to God, becoming espoused to Him. This spousal union invigorates us to cheerfully and arduously work for God’s Kingdom, for the salvation of souls. The vow of chastity frees us to love God with all our hearts, with all our soul, and with all our strength (Deut. 6:5).
Through the vow of poverty, we declare God to be our only treasure. All things become secondary and find their proper place in relation to God. Through the vow of poverty, we also trust that God always provides for our needs, especially in community.
Through the vow of obedience, we freely submit our most prized possession, our wills, our very selves to God especially through the direction and dictates of our superiors. We make a vow of obedience because we have faith that God is working in every circumstance and that following the legitimate commands of our superiors is obedience to God’s will.
Overall, the three vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience frees religious to live now what will be in Heaven.