PERFECT AND IMPERFECT OBEDIENCE
Our Lord tells us in the
Gospel: Everyone who does not renounce all that he possesses cannot be My
disciple. And He who would save his life will lose it.
A man gives up all his
possessions and loses his life when he is completely obedient to his
superior. Anything good that he does or say that is not against the will of
his superior is true obedience even if there may be actions that would be
better and more profitable than what his superior commanded.
A religious who prefers
to suffer persecution rather than be separated form this confreres certainly
perseveres in true obedience, because he lays down his life for his
There are many religious
who, under the pretext of doing something more perfect than what their
superior commands, look behind and go back to their own will that they
have given up. People like these are murderers and, by their bad example,
they cause the loss of many souls.
St. Francis of Assisi