"Lord, we have left all things and followed Thee!"
The freedom of the vow of poverty is intimately connected to the liberating vow of obedience. By the vow of poverty, the religious commits to learning to live in complete abandonment to the merciful Providence of the Good God, while the vow of obedience makes that Providence manifest. The vow of poverty deeply conforms the religious to Christ, teaching her to think as He thinks, live as He lived, and desire only what He desires: the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls. The spiritual master, Dom Columba Marmion, personally expressed his surrender to Christ in poverty and obedience thus:
Mary, Queen and Model of Religious, intercede for us!