What are Evangelical Counsels?

he Evangelical Counsels are more commonly known as the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience. They are three ways of pledging oneself to live as Christ lived in areas that cover the whole of life: possessions, affections, and autonomy. Each vow emphasizes a relation to Jesus, and we see Him as the model of living each vow.

Poverty

Jesus was rich but became poor for our sakes, emptying Himself and having nowhere to lay His head. Following in His example, a Sister makes the free choice to forgo the use and disposal of her property and belongings, depending on her religious family for the material provision that she needs. Like the early disciples, Religious Sisters share all things in common, and in that way, no one goes “wanting.” This, of course, implies the living of a poor and simple lifestyle. We also acknowledge a “poverty of spirit” which implies our great need for God, as we become more aware of our own emptiness.

Chastity

Jesus loved with undivided heart, universally and to the end. A Sister is challenged with that same call for generous love for all. She is dedicated to living a chaste life in her thoughts, words, and deeds, avoiding any behavior, personal relationships, and forms of recreation incompatible with this credible witness to a total dedication to chastity.

Obedience

Jesus came to do the Father’s will, and He did that consistently, never wavering from what the Father had asked of Him, even if it involved suffering. A Religious Sister is pledged to obey the directives of her lawful superiors according to the Constitutions of the particular Institute.

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Sofia Tajber

Foundress Mother Paula Sofia Tajber The Foundress of the Sisters of the Most Holy Soul of Christ the Lord sepia tone collage of Mother Paula from childhood to adulthood Sofia Tajber was born on June 23, 1890 in Biala Podlaska, Poland and is the fifteenth child in her family. She was raised in a Catholic, religious family. Her father owned a factory in which three-hundred poverty workers were employed. The sociable atmosphere at home, where the parents enthusiastically discussed the betterment of conditions for their employees, began to shape the heart and mind of the child. Her involvement with them at an early age led her to become sensitive to human misery and to the plight of the poor. learn more...

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