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Obedience – First Day of June

Obedience.

“All, therefore, they shall say to you, observe and do.” — St. Matt. 23:3.

FIRST DAY.

All have a natural inclination to command and an aversion to obey; nevertheless, it is certain that it is more profitable to obey than to command. This is why perfect souls love so much to obey, and find nothing more agreeable. — St. Francis of Sales.

St. Teresa often thanked God for the desire He had given her to be obedient; obedience was the virtue in the practice of which she found most consolation.

St. Magdalene of Pazzi found so much delight in obeying that she feared the happiness she experienced might deprive her of the merit of obedience. Not satisfied with being always submissive to her Superiors, she submitted to her companions, even to those who were inferior to her. There was one among them whose permission she always asked in the performance of the least duties.

Prayer.

My God, give me a love for obedience; grant that I may find nothing more agreeable, and that I may do everything through obedience.

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