The Vow of Chastity

“My most exquisite fruits I have reserved for You, my Love”
The vow of celibacy is a vow of chastity, as one of the synonyms of celibacy is chasteness, or purity. The vow of chastity has a strong relationship with the other monastic vows, because the poverty of the body is what chastity is. To gratify one’s sexual desires is something that a person could do, but there is a poverty in voluntarily depriving oneself from it.
The vow of chastity is also a form of obedience, because one is bringing the body under subjection, and because one is fighting the will in order to acquire it. He is bringing his will into obedience to another’s. In this regard, the vow of chastity is strongly dependent on the other two monastic vows.
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The Vow of Obedience

The Categories of Obedience as Hierarchy
When God finds a soul determined to obey, then He takes his life in His hands, as one takes the rudder of a boat, or as one takes the reins of a cart. He becomes in deed, and not only in theory, Lord, Who rules, Who governs, it can be said, moment by moment the person’s gestures and words, his way of using time,  and everything.
In light of this ever growing degree of obedience, God’s orders multiply. If the spiritual father gives his disciples more commands for their benefit as they grow in obedience, how much more will our Heavenly Father give us? Below are categories of obedience required of a person throughout their spiritual life, especially in a community.
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The Vow of Poverty

Poverty is love before it is renunciation.
The vow of poverty is much related to that of celibacy. In the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, we notice a direct relationship between poverty and virginity as the two cornerstones in the monastic life.

We elect to be poor. Similar to our Lord’s words regarding the eunuch (cf. Mt. 19:12), it is not that poverty is forced upon us like those who are poor by birth. We also have not become poor due to the efforts of others. We are not victims of economic decline. Rather, we have made ourselves poor for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

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The Vow of Service

Motivated by Love. When the Lord Jesus Christ saw the multitude coming to Him or when He saw the Widow of Nain, the Bible says that He was “moved with compassion” (cf. Matt.9:36, 14:14; Mk. 6:34; Lk. 7:13).

This indicates that the motivation for service is love. Therefore, what motivates us to serve people is to love them. Without this love, we will not be able to serve them. And love always means sacrifice. The Lord sacrificed Himself. Therefore, every servant should be motivated by sacrificial love.

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