- C o n s e c r a t e d S i s t e r s -
“Your Creator shall marry you.”
The Evangelical Counsels
The consecrated sisters pronounce evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
“The consecrated members of the Community commit themselves to a special intimacy with Christ in prayer, to custody of the heart from every affection contrary to the love of God, to a faithful vigilance over the senses and the eyes, so that nothing may interfere with this communion of love with the Spouse, and to a greater availability of the heart to others in order to love each person with Christ’s own love (cf. can. 599).” (Statutes, no. 12, p. 4)
“By the renunciations implied by the vows, they take up their cross to follow Christ and strive for a greater fullness of God’s love and charity towards one’s neighbor. “ (Book of Life, no. 15)
The Habit and the Ring
By wearing a habit, the consecrated sister becomes a sign of the Kingdom and visibly proclaims the vocation of every Christian—to let oneself be espoused by God according to the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “Your Creator shall marry you.” The sisters who have made final vows wear a ring, a sign of union with Christ, a reminder of the Bridegroom's faithfulness.
“God our Father, Giver of all good, faithful to your promises, You who have promised to those who seek you to cover them with the mantle of your holiness and joy, deign and bless this habit (the habit is blessed), sign of the humility of heart and contempt for the world. Allow your servant to be clothed with the blessed chastity until the blessed day when you will clothe her/him with the eternal Beatitude. Amen.” (From the blessing of the habit, rite of temporary vows)
Specific Vocation – Beatitudes
Consecrated life in the Community of the Beatitudes can take on different forms: some sisters will have a call to serve God in a more contemplative way of life; others will be called by the same Spirit to give of themselves in the apostolic works such as teaching, evangelization, or serving the poor. This diversity of calls demands a prudent discernment, seeking where the person will find their deep joy, bear fruit for the Kingdom, and harmonize in communion with the other two branches of brothers and lay people. The variety of gifts enriches both our community and the Church.