is essentially and theologically what our consecration
and vows are about.
Poverty in and of itself is not a value. As a matter of fact most religious
are working diligently at trying to close the gap between the rich
and the poor, and to create a more equitable and just world. The
vow of poverty is living simply so that others may simply live. In
professing a vow of poverty religious promise to hold all things
in common. We do not keep our salary for ourselves but give it to
the community for the sake of the community and the needs of our
members. We also strive to share our resources generously with others.
Part of living simply is making responsible choices regarding material
things and our use of them. It means responsible stewardship not
only of goods and resources held in common, but also our care for
the earth and one another.
lived well leads to a heart full of gratitude
for all of Godâ€™s gifts, the desire to generously
and freely share our talents and resources
with others, and an ardent concern for the welfare of
Consecrated chastity for the sake of the
kingdom is a gift of grace given by God.
By it we give ourselves to Jesus with an
undivided heart. Drawn to an ever-deepening
union with Jesus we are called to be a sign
of the covenant between Christ and his Church - the
people of God.
chastity is a response to a call, an invitation,
heard deep within oneâ€™s heart to make
God the center of oneâ€™s life. It is not
something that is imposed on us. It is something
that we freely choose, desire and respond to.
We commit ourselves to the primacy of our relationship
with God, which in turn directs all of our
relationships with others.
chastity lived well leads to inner freedom,
joy and a generous and loving heart.
The word obedience comes from the Latin words od-audire meaning “to
listen carefully.” It is a choice for happiness. Obedience is a
respectful listening for the purpose of discovering the will of God,
who calls each of us to life, life to the full. It is not a dull or passive
waiting for someone to tell you what to do. Rather, it is an active listening
and searching, together with others, for what God is asking of me, or
us, in a particular situation or circumstance and in response to the
needs of Godâ€™s people.
is a vow of co-responsibility in fidelity to
the gospel. It will likely at times involve sacrifice;
and of doing things that we may not have ordinarily
chosen to do, but it also always means fidelity
to God who is the center of our life and our relationships.
lived well leads to integrity and peace, even
in the face of difficulties and challenges.
As Sisters of the Good Shepherd, we take a fourth vow of zeal. The vow
of zeal gives a special dynamism to our life of consecration for
mission. It unifies the contemplative and active dimensions of our
life, giving a singleness of purpose to all that we are and all that
we do. Our vow of zeal, which is at the heart of our vocation, leads
us to search out the wounded, those left behind by the world.
an individual level, zeal means never giving
up on a person, it means unconditional love and acceptance,
a commitment to leave no stone unturned to
assist each person to come to her/his full potential,
no matter what the cost to me. On an advocacy
level, it means creatively and faithfully working to overturn
the unjust systems which impact negatively
on each person's dignity and humanity and innate right
to live and work in freedom.
lived well leads to commitment to do all that
is in oneâ€™s power and capacity to bring others
to experience and know that they are children
of God, made in Godâ€™s own image.