Vita Consecrata – 5 of 10 – What is the Vow of Poverty?

The fifth video in the series, Vita Consecrata – 5 of 10 – What is the Vow of Poverty?, highlights passages from #89 of Vita Consecrata.

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Transcript of Vita Consecrata – 5 of 10 – What is the Vow of Poverty?
From Vita Consecrata, #89 © 1996 – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

89. Another challenge today is that of a materialism which craves possessions, heedless of the needs and sufferings of the weakest, and lacking any concern for the balance of natural resources.

(00:15) The reply of the consecrated life is found in the profession of evangelical poverty, which can be lived in different ways and is often expressed in an active involvement in the promotion of solidarity and charity.

(00:27) How many Institutes devote themselves to education, training and professional formation, preparing young people and those no longer young to become builders of their own future! How many consecrated persons give themselves without reserve in the service of the most disadvantaged people on earth! How many of them work to train future educators and leaders of society, so that they in turn will be committed to eliminating structures of oppression and to promoting projects of solidarity for the benefit of the poor!

(00:57) Consecrated persons fight to overcome hunger and its causes; they inspire the activities of voluntary associations and humanitarian organizations; and they work with public and private bodies to promote a fair distribution of international aid.

(1:12) Nations truly owe a great deal to these enterprising agents of charity, whose tireless generosity has contributed and continues to contribute greatly to making the world more human.