Do people find being in private vows liberating or do they find the lack of recognition upsetting? How were they professed? Who witnessed their vows?
Here is my response: When I read the question for the February 2023 issue, I was intrigued. I longed to respond, to say something, to have an answer. But I have never taken vows, private or otherwise. As I prayed on the question, it came to me that this might be something I want to do—privately, not publicly, perhaps with God as my only witness. But it is not what I want, but what God wants of me. I will know what to do by how often and with what intensity this idea of professing vows keeps coming to me.