Priesthood,- As a Monk on the: St Jerome and Doctor of the Church
Driven from this line of defense you will appeal to the example of the clergy. These, you will say, remain in their cities, and yet they are surely above criticism. Far be it from me to censure the successors of the Apostles, who with holy words consecrate the body of Christ, and who make us Christians. Having the keys of the kingdom of heaven, they judge men to some extent before the day of judgment, and guard the chastity of the bride of Christ.
But, as I have before hinted, the case of monks is different from that of the clergy.
The clergy feed Christ’s sheep; I as a monk am fed by them. They live of the altar: (1Cor.9:13-14) I, if I bring no gift to it, have the axe laid to my root as to that of a barren tree. (Mat.3:10) Nor can I plead poverty as an excuse, for the Lord in the Gospel has praised an aged widow for casting into the treasury the last two coins that she had. (Lk.21:1-4) I may not sit in the presence of a presbyter; he, if I sin, may deliver me to Satan, for the destruction of the flesh that the spirit may be saved. (1Cor.5:5) Under the old law he who disobeyed the priests was put outside the camp and stoned by the people, or else he was beheaded and expiated his contempt with his blood. (Deut.17:5,12)
But now the disobedient person is cut down with the spiritual sword, or he is expelled from the church and torn to pieces by ravening demons. (Letter 14.8)
Augustinian WAY Step 7: Solemn Vows (Current)
Solem profession is an unconditional commitment to God and the Church, to the Order and to the men and women of our time.”
— Plan of Augustinian Formation
Solemn Vows are made between the Fourth and Fifth Year in the Theologate.
If a friar is found to be suitable and has reached the age of 24, completed his pastoral year and the fourth year of theology, the friar will profess solemn vows. If the friar is called to the brotherhood vocation instead of a priestly vocation, the formation process is complete! He is ready for active ministry. If the friars is called to the priesthood, he proceeds to the following steps below.
Becoming a solemnly professed Augustinian priest or brother is a lifelong commitment to God, to the Church, and to the Augustinian Order. The formation process is structured to ensure that the Augustinian way of life is suitable for the candidate. It is a time to develop both the mind and the heart to better help future Augustinian friars serve God’s people.
The Augustinians are religious priests and brothers following in the footsteps of Christ and Saint Augustine since 1244. We are “Active Contemplatives.” We are Men of Heart. We serve God and His people in diverse ministries as pastors, educators, and missionaries.
CityofGod.blog, on Martin Luther “abandoning” his Holy Order VOWS, to God as an Augustinian Monk. A Monk’s Sacred Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. M. Luther was unable to keep any of them. So therefore, what St Jerome speaks is of critical import, and to YOU, who fashion yourselves his followers of his “NEW RELIGION” of 5 “Solas”[“In the Belief in Only One thing (“Sola”) of which there are 5”] Especially, IF YOU BELIEVE that Martin Luther was a religious leader worthy to follow and adhere.