"His Holy Will be done in all things. May He never leave the choice to us."
Venerable Catherine McAuleyVow of Poverty Vow of Chastity Vow of Service
The deepest meaning of the vow of obedience is expressed in the fullness of the mystery of Christ's death and resurrection. "Christ became obedient unto death."
"In professing obedience, religious offer the full surrender of their own will as a sacrifice of themselves to God and are so united permanently and securely to God's salvific will. . . . Far from lowering the dignity of the human person, religious obedience leads it to maturity by extending the freedom of the sons of God" (Perfectae Caritatis, 14).
According to Saint Thomas Aquinas, obedience is the chief of the vows, for liberty is dearer to man than anything else. In obedience the Sister offers to God her own will, in likeness to Christ. "My food is to do the will of Him Who sent Me."