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Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words

October 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Imitation of Christ, Obedience

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Obedience, Subjection and Superfluous Words   OF SUBJECTION AND OBEDIENCE 1. It is a great matter to live in obedience, to be under a superior and not to be at our own disposing. It is much safer to obey than to govern. Many live under obedience, rather for necessity than for love; such are discontented, and do murmur. Neither can they attain to freedom of mind, unless they heartily put themselves under obedience for the love... Read More

Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You

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Studies Show the Ten Commandments are Good for You The Ten Commandments are not good because God gave them to us; he gave them to us because they are good. You don’t have to believe God or even believe in God to realize that the rules for everlasting life are also good rules for just plain living. (Click on the underlined links to read just some of the research I found to back up the Ten Commandments.) I. I am the Lord your... Read More

Supernatural Obedience

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Supernatural Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus, teach me to see only You in my superiors. MEDITATION An excellent instruction from St. John of the Cross says: “Never look upon your superior, whoever he may be, with less regard than upon God Himself” (Precautions). If we do not have this supernatural spirit which makes us see God in the person of our superior, our obedience cannot be supernatural. It is necessary... Read More

30 Days with Teresa of Avila – Reflections on Day 18

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Peace During Persecution: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila: Reflections on Day 18 In today’s episode of Divine Intimacy Radio, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson look at how a saint responds to persecution? Recognizing aspects of a saint’s character. St. Teresa’s letters reveal aspects of her personal character, but also some of the secrets to sainthood. Reflections on Day 18 from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions... Read More

Enduring loneliness: 30 Days w/ Teresa of Avila Day 15 &16 Reflections

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Enduring Loneliness 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Days 15 and 16 Reflections Obedience in the modern culture, and enduring loneliness. Dan and Melissa discuss these forms of suffering from the perspective of St. Teresa as they reflect on her letters from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: Categories of suffering – beneficial vs. destructive. How is obedience related to humility,... Read More

The Subjection of Jesus

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 THE SUBJECTION OF JESUS “And He went down with them, and came to Nazareth and was subject to them.”  Luke 2:51 1. He had finished this particular work which His Father had given Him to do. He had sanctified religious instruction; He had, in this simple event, provided for all time a proof that indeed He was more than man, that His discovery of Himself, as some modern critics would assert, was no gradual process, but... Read More

Blind Obedience

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Blind Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus, who out of love for me were willing to submit to Your own creatures, teach me to obey blindly. MEDITATION When we see God in our superior we obey without argument or futile reasoning and with no delay: Christus jubet, sufficit, Christ commands, that is enough. What more do I want, when I know that the orders of my superior are those of God Himself? Even if the thing commanded... Read More

Free Sacrifice of Liberty

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Free Sacrifice of Liberty Presence of God – O Jesus, divine Lamb, immolated voluntarily for the glory of the Father, make me understand the great value of voluntary immolation. MEDITATION The vow of obedience has been excellently defined as the “free immolation of liberty” (Pius XII, Allocution to the Congregation for Religious, Dec., 1950). This definition stresses the idea of the freedom of our immolation. It involves... Read More

The Value of Obedience

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The Value of Obedience   Presence of God – O Jesus most obedient, make me understand the value of obedience. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross has said, “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him” (Spiritual Maxims:Words of Light, 13). Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to adhere to God’s will as expressed in the orders of... Read More

Saint Catherine of Siena – the Key of Obedience

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Saint Catherine of Siena spent her life encouraging a deeper obedience to God the Father.  Although the earthly life of this Doctor of the Church ended over six hundred years ago, her spiritual teaching has passed into the universal patrimony of the Church.  In particular, the personal relationship she enjoyed with the eternal Father through her faith in Christ crucified can help us reassess our own attitudes toward the Fatherhood... Read More

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