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"I love obedience and without it no one can please me."  That Christ spoke those words to St. Margaret Mary is no surprise - throughout Scripture we are told repeatedly that God values our submission to Him: "But Samuel replied: 'Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD?  To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'" (1 Samuel 15:22)

What may surprise some is what Christ told the young nun at first:  "Therefore, not only do I desire that thou should do what thy Superiors command, but also that thou should do nothing of all that I order thee without their consent."  Here He is explaining to her that she should obey her superiors at all costs - even getting their consent on what He has commanded her to do!  It illustrates how highly God esteems our obedience.

Many people in our society today have trouble with that word.  They believe that to be obedient to someone else is denigrating and self-effacing.  And unfortunately, this thought process has taken its toll on our culture:  students no longer feel they must obey their teachers, children openly disregard their parents' wishes, and people often break laws without a second thought.

But obedience is simply another form of humility - recognizing that we sometimes have others to answer to.  It gives us a chance to die to ourselves, which is what we are all called to do as Christians.  God has put certain people above us, whether in our job, our family, or in our government.  And if we defer to them when we should (when they are not asking us to do anything sinful), we also defer to God, our Maker.

Today, let us pray for an obedient heart, a heart that will understand the good which comes from listening to those in charge.  Let us be in accord with Jesus, obedient to His Father until death.

St. Margaret Mary, pray for us!