Our Life

Vowed Life

By our profession of the vow of chastity, poverty and obedience we offer God our heart and affections, our personal talents and gifts, our possessions and our will, all that we are and have for his glory and the salvation of souls. In this way we live out St. Paul's challenge to the early Christians to offer their whole being as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.

Our fourth promise of hospitality perfects the gift of ourselves to God and brings our religious Blessing into the concrete realities of everyday life.It gives a spiritual value to the many humble tasks of hospitality performed throughout the day, and enables us to communicate to our elderly Residents God's grace and merciful love.

Saint Jeanne Jugan learned from Saint John Eudes that religious consecration means to make profession of having but one life, one heart, one soul and one will with Jesus. She summed it all up so simply: "All for you, my Jesus!" This is our life's goal as we strive to be conformed to the mind and heart of Christ, so that we may do what is God's will, what is good, pleasing and perfect (cf. Rom 12:12).

Our dedicated life is lived in the heart of the Church as a public, corporate witness to God's glorious love, and to the humility and merciful love of the heart of Christ.

We wear our religious habit as a reminder to ourselves that we belong totally to God, as a sign and witness to others of our consecration and of God's presence in the world, and as a concrete means of living our vow of poverty. Our crucifix, worn under our habit, bears the words of Jesus in Saint Matthew's Gospel: I am gentle and humble of heart.