The Religious Life may be defined as a method of serving God in which men or women consecrate to Him their life and labour under the perpetual vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. . . . From apostolic times there have been those who have heard in their hearts the voice of God calling them to leave father and mother, sister and brother, family and children, house and lands, all things, in short, and follow Him in complete and loving surrender of body, soul and spirit.
from a history of the Order of the
Holy Cross by Father S. C. Hughson.
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