The Vows: The Mystery of Consecration

The Consecrated Life is a “state of life which belongs to the sanctity of the Church…The evangelical counsels, accepted as an authentic rule of life, strengthen faith, hope and charity, which unite one to God. This profound closeness to the Lord, which must be the priority and characteristic point of your existence, will lead you toward a renewed adherence to Him and will have a positive influence on your special presence…in fidelity to the Magisterium, to be witnesses of faith and grace, credible witnesses for the Church and the world today.” —Pope Benedict XVII

“The evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience are founded on the teaching and examples of Christ the Master. They are a gift of the Spirit to the Church. Called to live ‘in allegiance to Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a good conscience’, the Discalced Carmelite Nuns make it their purpose to follow the evangelical counsels with utmost perfection…


This consecration stems from that of baptism… it is a true wedding with Christ in a renewed covenant of love, which shows forth the mystery of the Church as Bride and foretells the good things of the glory that is to come.” (cf. Const. #21-23)

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