Catechism Series on the Basics of the Catholic Faith
St. Francis of Assisi

Obedience – Twentieth Day of June

TWENTIETH DAY.

Remember that you have given yourself to your Superior for the love of God and to gain heaven; you do not, then, belong to yourself, but to him to whom you have given yourself. Therefore it is not permitted that you do anything of yourself or without his consent. You are not master of your will, but he is. — St. John of the Cross.

A saint, when dying, said to his confessor: “Thanks be to God, since the time I gave my will into your hands I have not even drawn a breath contrary to obedience.”

Prayer.

My God, I renounce my will. I will continually renew this renouncement. I will do nothing of my own will, since I belong no longer to myself. I wish that every action be an act of obedience.

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