A Newcomer's Guide to the Trappists

Monastic Discipline - The Vows

Trappist monks and nuns make promises to God and to each other as an expression of love and a desire to commit themselves to lasting relationships.  Below we answer to your questions about the vows taken by Trappists.

If you take a vow of obedience, does it mean you aren't free anymore to do what you want?
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What does it mean that a monk takes a "Vow of Stability"?
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What do Trappists mean when they say they "live a life of poverty"?
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When you enter a Trappist monastery, do you have to give up everything right away?
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What does it mean that Trappist monks and nuns practice consecrated celibacy?
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