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Explain why some Christians join communities and take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.

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(a)(ii) - Explain why some Christians join communities and take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience People like nuns join specific religious orders like the missionaries of charity because they could be compelled to help people, for example they could see children suffering on television or something and want to help them. They are called by God to help through apostolic or contemplative work, it is their vocation. People who live contemplative lives are involved in a state of mind focused on God, a person who goes out to seek to live with a permanent awareness of God's presence. Contemplatives read and meditate on the scripture in order to understand God's purpose and to experience his love in their lives. ...read more.

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Apostolic life involves going out and teaching or helping others, so people evangelise through both contemplative life (by praying for those in need), and by apostolic work (by going out and physically helping the needy). They are called to be disciples, that is, spiritual learners who are sent out as apostles, in love and service to the world. Apostolic serves through practical work, contemplative serves through prayer, but they are both active as prayer could be classed as active work helping people. A good example of active work is Mother Teresa, who helped many people on the streets of Calcutta, and now has nuns helping the needy all over the world. ...read more.

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Being poor makes them sensitive to the poor in a way the rich never can be. A good example is St. Francis of Assisi who started the Franciscans. The vow of Chastity involves giving up sexual relations, monks and nuns do this. This means no spouse, and no children. Mother Teresa is a good example of someone who took a vow of chastity. The third evangelical counsel is the vow of obedience, follows perfect example of Jesus. In the New Testament he is portrayed as a perfect obedience of God. His death was a source of revelation. Disobedience of God is sin, and all authority comes from God, so humans must obey God. John Vaye ...read more.

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