The Religious Vows

In our daily participation in the Eucharist, which marks for us the highlight of each day, we are assimilated always in a more profound way to Christ and we learn what it means to offer our life as a spiritual sacrifice to God for the salvation of men. Called to holiness, like all the Disciples of Christ, through a new and special consecration derived from the Profession of the evangelical counsels, we are constituted as living memory of Christ and we assume the form of life practiced by Him[3]. Our Founders willed that the Clerics Regular Minor, besides the three vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, would express an additional and more profound assimilation of the humble Christ through the vow of not seeking ecclesiastical dignities “…and with the other vows the same Congregation will vow that no profess of the same Congregation will ever seek or pretend to have any prelature or dignity outside of the Order, nor will he accept his election unless obliged to do so by obedience to the Roman Pontiff at the time”[4]; “Besides the three solemn vows, as in all other institutes, of poverty, chastity and obedience they added also a fourth vow of not being able to accept dignities or prelature outside of the Order except by the particular will of the Supreme Pontiff” [5]. Besides, in the same spirit of consecrated humility, the Clerics will pledge not to maneuver for important posts and responsibilities for themselves within our religious Family. In his death and resurrection Jesus lives in full “his hour”, he is truly himself: on the cross his virginal love for the Father and for all men reaches its greatest expression, his poverty arrives to the total spoliation of himself, his obedience to the total gift of his life[6], his humiliation to the
annihilation of his death. For this reason, the Father has exalted him in glory and has given him a name which is above every other name. The mystery accomplished on Calvary is celebrated in the Eucharist and is the paradigm of our religious life. The generous and joyful fidelity to our Profession is the peculiar way in which we have been called to live the paschal and Eucharistic dimension of our religious life.