As you may or may not know, as a Roman Catholic religious, I take a vow of poverty. There are many books written on this and the other vows, so I won’t even attempt to give a complete explanation here, but simply share some insights that are coming to me as I reflect on this vow (as part of a congegational process in which we are engaged).
The gist of the question I’m asking about us (and really, I’m sure it could be asked of any congregation) is this: To what extent does our concern for financial stability make us afraid to accept the prophetic dimension of our mission to imitate Jesus? I think of Jesus upsetting the tables of the money changers in the temple, challenging the practices of the religious authorities of his time. And even though we are not a congregation rich in material resources, I wonder sometimes if we have too much invested in our status in church and society to risk confronting some of the injustices we see.
I think I’ll just leave it at that for the moment. I probably have a lot more to say, but let’s start the conversation and see where it goes.