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“Some souls find that they can get along without possessions, but they cannot get along without the joy of being free from material cares in order to possess God alone – so they exchange one for the other, and this is done through the Vow of Poverty. Others find they can get along without their own will, but they cannot get along without union with the Will of God – so they exchange one for the other, and this is accomplished by the Vow of Obedience. Others find they can get along without the thrill of the flesh, but not without the ecstasy of the spirit – so they exchange one for the other, and this passionless passion, this inner tranquility, results from the Vow of Chastity. If asceticism were a genuine giving up, it would be a loss, a reduction of our natures, a narrowing of our lives. But since it is an exchange, it is a liberation of the true essence of personality from the false attachments to which the ego is prone.” – Venerable Fulton Sheen, _Lift Up Your Hearts_

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