VOW OF OBEDIENCE. . .
A REWARDING CHALLENGE
you know of someone who may be looking for information about vocations
to the priesthood or religious life, you are invited to write or
call our office and request a copy of our Vocation brochure.
It gives an overview of religious life in community
in our congregation and can help to direct a prospective candidate
in his discernment process.
Your support and encouragement--and
most surely-- your prayers for any one who may be seeking to follow
God's call is a valuable aid to us as we search for "workers
in the vineyard of the Lord."
can be requested on this website
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2249 Shore Road
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By Bro. Paul Importico, M.SS.CC
am currently in the second year of temporary vows with the Missionaries
of the Sacred Hearts. Although each of the vows I have professed--poverty,
chastity, obedience and perseverance--has given me the chance to grow
and learn, it is the vow of obedience that has proven both the most
fruitful and the most difficult for me. In the past three years
I have learned the importance of this vow...how it allows us to fulfill
not our own--but God's will, which is the purpose of every devoted
During my early formation
I was asked by my superiors to do several things, which at the
time I felt were difficult, tiresome, or just a burden. I always
did my best to fulfill the tasks under my vow of obedience, but I
must admit I was often not pleased. I felt used at times or
alienated by certain requests. However, as I look back today
I believe not only did these requests strengthen my will,
but also my belief in myself and the firmness of my vocation.
I came to learn and value that my religious
consecration is not just a personal one, but one which is undertaken
on the behalf of others...God's human family. The problem many
have with obedience occurs when only the immediate and personal results
of a requested action are considered. They are completely forgetting
to take into consideration the positive effects that it may produce
for someone else or indeed in their own future.
The vow of obedience permits me the chance to prove the words "Thy
will be done." It allows me to develop personal gifts by
asking me to enter new surroundings, adopt new attitudes, attempt
new endeavors...regardless of my own fears and reservations.
It allows me to serve people I might otherwise neglect.
Obedience to my will has always proved futile. Obedience to
God's will has ultimately brought me joy and peace.