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Admonition Three

Of Perfect and Imperfect Obedience

Day 5:The Lord says in the Gospel: they “that do not renounce all that they possess cannot be” a “disciple” and “they that will save their life, shall lose it.”

A person is truly obedient when they leave all they possess, lose their body (and their soul), and wholly obeys their superior, doing whatever the superior requires - (provided the person know that what they do is good and not contrary to the superior’s will).   If at times a person sees things which would be better, or more useful to, them than those which the superior asks of them, let them sacrifice their will to God.  Let them strive to fulfil the work requested by the superior. This is true and charitable obedience, which is pleasing to God and to one’s neighbour.

Day 6: If, however, a superior commands anything of a person that is against the person’s soul, it is permissible for the person to disobey.  However, the person must not leave the superior.  If as a result the person suffers persecution from some, they should love their persecutors the more for God’s sake.

For the one who would rather suffer persecutions, than wish to be separated from their brethren, truly abides in perfect obedience. Because they lay down their life for their brethren.

There are many religious who, under pretext of seeing better things than those which their superiors command, look back and return to the vomit of their own will. These are murders and by their bad example they cause the loss of many souls.

 

 

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