“The virtue of obedience is an exalted virtue, eminently reasonable; it is not in the least servile or blind, but requires on the contrary the greatest freedom of spirit and the strongest discernment.”
–Jacques Maritain

I have learned the truth of this quotation time and time again, especially while struggling with Church teachings.  Being obedient, especially to the Church, is so counter-cultural that you really do have to exert yourself, your freedom, your reason, your will.  Always keeping in mind that freedom does not mean doing what is easy or what makes you feel good, but rather what is right.  If you can’t exercise freedom, you will be more likely to just go with the flow.  That is servile and blind!  And the flow does not lead to God!

Obedience is eminently reasonable because it is about basing yourself on something much greater than your own weak, limited abilities, experiences, and perspectives.  Any honest, sane person knows that they are not the be all and end all of anything.  Why leave yourself to your own devices when you can rely on something much more solid, much more time-tested, like the Church? 

Ultimately, obedience takes humility–seeing yourself as you really are, acknowledging that you’re pretty small.  At the same time it also takes great strength and striving–realizing that you are capable of much more than just going with the flow and settling for the lowest common denominators.  We are small, but we are also capable of great things.  That is one of the wonderful mysteries of being human!


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