Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Thoughts on Obedience, Part III

Mere outward compliance will not do.  Obedience should come cheerfully, freely, and gladly.  It is only when I remind myself that obedience is ob-audiens, listening intently to God rather than listening to my own self, that what Benedict is telling me -- even though it may still seem difficult -- is not impossible, for it is a response of love to love.

Esther de Waal, A Life-Giving Way
found in Essential Monastic Wisdom

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