ARE THE RULES OF SCRIPTURES BY WHICH WE CAN ATTAIN ETERNAL LIFE)
You must obey God's commands; to disobey
them even with the best intentions estranges the one dissenting from the
Lord. So Peter who, with the noblest intention, refused to let his
feet be washed by Christ, was rebuked: "If I wash thee not, thou
shalt have no part of Me."
We must not conform to mere human
traditions to the extent of setting aside the commands of Christ.
"In vain do they worship Me, teaching doctrines and precepts of
men." They leave the commands of Christ to hold on to the
tradition of men.
We may not choose what command to obey and
what to disregard. We must observe everything without exception:
"Go and teach ye all nations. . .teaching them to observe ALL things
whatsoever I have commanded." And God's commands can be
summarized thus: Never prefer your own will to the will of God.
Morals of St. Gregory (The favorite
book of St. Teresa of Avila)