The three evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty and obedience are professed as vows by each Sister. Together, they form the basis for living a life of radical consecration to God for the good of the Church.
The vow of chastity freely releases the human capacity of love in its fullness and is marked by aliveness and a spirit of joy. The vow of poverty frees the Sister to disposses her possessions in order to grow into a deep inner spirit of poverty. In living the vow, the Sister depends on the Community for her needs as all things are held in common. The vow of obedience frees the Sister to do the will of God as expressed by her superiors, who, as authors of life, seek always what is best for the Sister and for the Community as a whole.
Pope John Paul II in Vita Consecrata describes the evangelical counsels in light of the Trinity:
“The chastity of celibates and virgins, as a manifestation of dedication to God with an undivided heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:32-34), is a reflection of the infinite love which links the three Divine Persons in the mysterious depths of the life of the Trinity, the love to which the Incarnate Word bears witness even to the point of giving his life, the love “poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Rom5:5), which evokes a response of total love for God and the brethren.
Poverty proclaims that God is man’s only real treasure. When poverty is lived according to the example of Christ who, “though he was rich … became poor” (2 Cor 8:9), it becomes an expression of that total gift of self which the three Divine Persons make to one another. This gift overflows into creation and is fully revealed in the Incarnation of the Word and in his redemptive death.
Obedience, practised in imitation of Christ, whose food was to do the Father’s will (cf. Jn 4:34), shows the liberating beauty of a dependence which is not servile but filial, marked by a deep sense of responsibility and animated by mutual trust, which is a reflection in history of the loving harmonybetween the three Divine Persons” (par 21).