Reflecting on Poverty, Chastity and Obedience with Edmund Rice


I am putting this into Spirituality rather than Vocations as we are all called to Chastity, Poverty and Obedience of spirit…in religious life, however, these are vowed in a more observable and very radical manner and also to a quite radical and observable following of the Gospel…but one does not have to be vowed in religious life to follow the Gospel in a radical observable type way and take up the evangelical counsels in also a quite radical and even observable manner insofar as our particular state in life and its details may determine and/or allow… most of all we are all one in striving for Chastity, Poverty and Obedience of spirit…



Extract only from overall text: Over the years, the names Poverty, Chastity and Obedience have come to be understood in new ways and we are looking for new language to express what is constantly evolving. Such a search seems particularly relevant at a time when we desire to be ‘ever open to exploring the Mystery of God in all of creation’ and as we ‘reflect on the Jesus Story in the light of our evolving understandings of the cosmos’ (Congregation Chapter Vision 2008). In reflection on some of the insights from the Chapter, a key element in any living as disciples of Jesus in the spirit of Edmund seems to be our relationships. How do we relate to ourselves for a start, to our fellow Brothers and others who share Edmund’s dream, to the people with whom we are engaged in ministry, to a wider sense of reality in the world and cosmos around us, and to the ultimate mystery whom we name God? It is in these relationships that the Vows are meant to come alive. They are the context for living the Vows today. Perhaps our relationships have always been the context for living the Vows, but with a new consciousness growing within and among us, our relationships and responsibilities take on new meaning.


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