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Obedience – Twenty-Fourth Day of June

TWENTY-FOURTH DAY.

If it happen that you are moved to thoughts or judgments contrary to obedience, which appear to you to be just, make no account of them; reject them as quickly as true Christians reject thoughts against chastity or faith. — St. John Climacus.

St. John Berchmans felt a little repugnance in obeying a certain religious, but he immediately combated this natural dislike; he endeavored to banish from his mind the thought that this religious was indiscreet in exacting from him considerable time which he required to perform his duties, by reflecting upon the great advantage it was to him to obey in something contrary to his inclination. He afterwards related to his Superior with much simplicity the victory which with God’s grace he had gained over himself, and never afterwards felt the same repugnance.

Prayer.

Grant, O my God, that I may never have any repugnance to obey. If I feel any, grant that I do not show it, but may triumph over it for love of Thee.

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