Description: In the world of religion, what constitutes a promise? What constitutes a vow? How do they differ? The Catholic Catechism states that the Christian is called to make promises in a number of different ways, such as in Baptism, Confirmation, Matrimony and Holy Orders. A Christian may also make promises that are uniquely his own, such as promising to say certain prayers, give alms or make a pilgrimage. Remaining faithful to a promise we make to God demonstrates the respect due him and his divine love. A vow is a deliberate and free act of devotion in which a Christian dedicates himself to God or promises God some good work. The Church recognizes as especially exemplary, those who embrace the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.