St. Francis of Assisi

Obedience – Twenty-Sixth Day of June


To be truly obedient it is not sufficient to do what is commanded; we must do still more: obey without hesitation and without question. Hold it for certain that what is commanded is what you can do best and most perfectly, although it may not appear so to you. — St. Philip Neri.

Father Alvarez always obeyed with joy; he knew from experience that it was very advantageous to execute orders which do not seem to be dictated even by human prudence. He would say: “What did Jesus Christ do to cure the blind man? He took mud with which He rubbed his eyes, and said to him, ‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloe.’ Might not this blind man have said: ‘What a remedy! More proper to take away the eyesight than to restore it!’ But he did not reason in this manner; he hastened to do as he had been commanded, and because he obeyed without reasoning he was cured.”


My God, give me the grace to obey always without examining, without reasoning, without hesitation. There is nothing better, nothing more perfect than to do so for Thy love and because Thou hast commanded it.

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