There are three vows that a Franciscan brother will take when he enters religious life…
Vow of Poverty
I know some of you are like “I’m outta here.” but when we give up all things, what is left is our walk with God. St. Francis was generous and gave away all his earthly possessions. The brothers following the example of Francis don’t “Own” things. They would literally give you the shirt off their back if you needed it. The Vow of Poverty doesn’t preclude us a life. We live simply without exorbitant luxury. I would rather drive a Yugo and save the money spent on an sports car to provide meals to our un-housed brothers and sisters.
Vow of Chastity
A Brother should approach all relationships with the respect and dignity that Jesus Christ commands of each of us in that we are His children and that our bodies are a temple unto the Lord. He should be celibate in his relations with others when single and remain chastely monogamous when blessed with a partner or spouse, if so willed by God. Above all else, a brother should love all and practice purity of heart, which is the source of true fraternity.
Vow of Obedience
Religious obedience is that general submission which religious vow to God, and voluntarily promise to their superiors in order to be directed by them in the ways of perfection according to the purpose and constitutions of their Order.
I will speak more on each of these in more depth in the future and discuss what each of them mean to me.