Living The Vowed Life.
The Rule gives the framework for living the Religious Life, both nurturing and challenging the members of the Community as we seek to grow in the spirituality of our patron, St. John the Apostle of Love.
In the last 3 years the Community has been studying in greater depth the essence of the Religious Life so that we have wisdom and courage to go on further developing new patterns for living our life and sharing it with others. Since 2006 we have been working on a new model for living the life. It is currently in draft form but contains the structure we hope to be able to use in a pilot study, one that fits the culture of our times. A summary of this is contained in our Annual Report 2006/2007.
Those coming to test their vocation in CSJD need to be people who are not afraid of joining the Community in its on-going exploration. Whilst the essence of the Religious Life is safe-guarded and its intrinsic values remain the same, our life style is changing significantly. Currently the community is studying the Vows of Consecrated Celibacy, Poverty and Obedience, and it was agreed work is needed to help make the Vows more understandable in this day and age. A short summary is included to give some understanding of the Vows taken by Religious.
THE THREEFOLD VOWS
Consecrated Celibacy – Learning to Love
Consecrated Celibacy is the continuous giving of oneself totally to God in love.
Poverty - Simplicity and Stewardship
The Vow of Poverty is best described as simplicity of life and stewardship
Obedience - Learning to listen to God and to each other
The vow of obedience demands holy responsibility
Our life-style is changing significantly.
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