The final commitment to join the Servants of the Word is called lifelong, because it is intended as a permanent commitment just like marriage. While not technically vows, our commitments are solemn, which explains why we take so long to arrive at such a step. The discernment process involves the brother himself, and all the other lifelong brothers since they commit themselves to him in return. We recognize that in exceptional circumstances a brother may no longer be able to live out his obligations, in which case he can be released from his commitment. And there will be cases when men choose to leave, whether their brothers agree with them or not.

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