Tarry for the Nonce

August 26, 2005

Pearls of Wisdom

Filed under: Uncategorized — lmwalker @ 10:49 am

An article from Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP which causes me to think:

The [religious] vows are not the oft-reported negations of one’s freedom; rather they are the fullest expression of the individual’s right to choose God as one’s dearest “possession”. Chastity is not an absence of marriage but rather a spousal commitment to Christ and to one’s spiritual maternity/pat-ernity toward all His people, since all are seen as children of God. Poverty sharpens the individual’s appreciation of the little things while replacing the world’s material values with eternity’s spiritual riches.

Obedience becomes an obligation of unlimited openness. As such, it can only be seen as the proper placement of God’s transcendent will over an individual’s more narrow, weakened and sometimes faulty judgment. The grace to live the vows is given by the Holy Spirit on behalf of the entire Church . . .

In the total gift of self to that particular vocation, we will find our happiness as we lose sight of self and disappear into what (Who) is beyond ourselves.

She said it much better than I ever could.


1 Comment

  1. This reminds me of a quote from an obscure Victorian novel I recently read. The writer describes a priest,

    “His whole movement seemed in measure to some rhythm, the rhythm…of freedom willingly in bondage.”


    Comment by janice — August 26, 2005 @ 10:03 pm

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