I’ve been trying to understand the vows of poverty that those who are consecrated in the Secular Institutes take. I understand the vows of poverty for religious, but this one is taking longer to get through my thick head
The confusion for me is that these people sometimes do not live in community and need to take care of themselves in the present and for their future retirement. I’ll use myself as an example. I live in a city where a 1 bedroom apartment (around 500-1000 sq ft) generally runs 2500-3500/month, more if the apartment is quite nice or in one of the better neighborhoods. Maybe a little less if you get lucky or there’s something awful about it. With real estate so high other things like groceries are inflated. Anyhow, add in retirement, insurances, tithe, utilities, transit cards, etc. and the salary is pretty much gone. So we’re not talking luxuries being thrown around, at least not in my world. So if I took a vow of poverty what would be different? What I think it is, is not so much the money you spend, but rather the relationship to money. So paying for heat and a transit card is okay, buying 20 pairs of shoes is unnecessary and therefore not okay. Maybe one or two pairs, depending on one’s needs and work. Am I getting closer to understanding?