Why Such a High Value on Obedience?

Contemplative in the Mud

At Holy Name Church in Manchester, England

This is the end of almost a week of slow reflection, through a series of quotes and ideas, on the place of the virtue of obedience in the Christian walk.

Penance and mortification are good for us; but it is common for the saints to emphasize that a single small act of obedience is worth more. Why? What is this thing called obedience that makes it worth more than mortification? Obedience means turning our will over to another. Mortification and penance don’t necessarily mean this.

When Christ died on the Cross, was it the external or the internal that was greater in suffering and in merit?

Ultimately, Christ came to do his Father’s will, the will of the one who sent him (Jn 4:34; 6:38). It had exterior manifestations and requirements; the nugget was to do another’s will. There is, in the Old Law, a sacrifice of the exterior. In…

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