Obedience – Twelfth Day of June
The demon, knowing that there is no other path which leads so quickly to the summit of perfection as that of obedience, turns many from the practice of this virtue through an appearance of god. — St. Teresa.
St. Bridget had a great attraction for corporal penances. She gave herself to these with, if possible, too much ardor. Her director perceived this and desired to correct it; in consequence he retrenched a part of the mortifications the saint had been accustomed to perform. The saint obeyed, but it was not without much pain lest she might become unmortified. Our Lord instructed and consoled her by causing her to hear these words: “Of two persons desiring to fast, if the one who has the liberty to do so fasts, and the other, though desiring to do so, does not, because he is under obedience and is forbidden to do so, the first receives a recompense, the second receives two — one for the desire he had to fast, and another for having obeyed.”
O my God, what good can I do in Thy eyes if I refuse to obey those who take Thy place over me? I will see Thee in them, I will obey them as if it were Thyself, I will endeavor to do Thy will in accomplishing theirs.