St. Francis of Assisi

Obedience – Nineteenth Day of June


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

Unless you do violence to yourself, and unless you arrive at that point when it becomes indifferent to you whether you have one Superior or another, do not persuade yourself that you are a spiritual man and a faithful observer of your vows. — St. John of the Cross.

St. Francis of Assisi has said that among other graces which he had received from God one was, that he would obey with the same promptness a novice of an hour as he would an old religious of great merit.

St. Ignatius charged a lay-Brother to take care of the health of St. Francis Borgia. St. Francis obeyed the Brother as if it had been St. Ignatius himself.


I am ready, my God, to obey all those who have the right to command me, no matter what may be their faults or how repulsive their manner. I will obey them with love, as I would obey a saint, as I would obey Jesus Christ Himself. It is Thou I will see in them.

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