"Our vows free us...
...to interiorize and preserve within the heart the words of Jesus - the words of God - that demand a commitment of service to others as shown in the Gospel.
"...to live in simplicity, by being counter-cultural e.g. putting aside the things needed to have status, power, prestige.
"...to be happy to live among the outcast and despised, among the poor, the weak, the sick, the unwanted, the oppressed and the destitute.
"...to clothe oneself in a habit that is simple, poor and becoming, as a sign of conversion and Gospel consecration.
"...to trust God to fulfill every need.
"...to become aware of one's own weakness and to grow increasingly sensitive to others in their weakness.
"...to go wherever needed.
"....to fill oneself with a loving tenderness for all God's creation and thankful joy."
from the Vocations website of
the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.
(Check out their Song of the Month and Image of the Month [under "Franciscanized World"])
Happy National Vocation Awareness Week!