“The desire to serve Christ and the Church is powerful. [Women and men in Consecrated Life] describe the vowed life as the total giving of self, holding nothing back. They understand the vows to be bold and courageous counter-cultural statements. The vow of obedience is a strong counterpoint to the prevailing cultural mantra: “it’s about me.” The vow of chastity is reminder that all relationships are sacred. God should be a part of every human interaction. The vow of poverty demands generosity with possessions and time. The blessings of God are meant to be shared lavishly with others, especially those who are most in need.” ~Sister Marian Batho, CSJ, So Why Are We Celebrating The Year Of Consecrated Life?