The Thursday Q & A

Q.  Why don’t you post the formulas for private vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience?
A.  It is adviseable for a person who wishes to make a vow of this nature and magnitude to do so under the guidance of a knowledgable person.  Otherwise, grave mistakes can be made.  For instance, it makes little sense for a married person to attempt a vow of “chastity” because it implies singlehood for the sake of the kingdom and is null (void) unless the Holy See gives a dispensation.  Also, it should be mentioned that the vow of obedience, while
essential for most forms of consecrated life, is not appropriate for a lay person in the world, because he has no legitimate superior.

(c) 2009 by Therese Ivers, JCL

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