However, as Martin points out, no one is completely free and not under control of others. We are under control of our boss, Presidents, lawyers. spouses etc. I like his comparison of a religious order to an multinational corporation. The superior (called CEO etc) still send people out on 'missions' and they go. So
much for not been under obedience.
I like the gist of his section on obedience. It is dying to self and submitting our selves under the authority of another. It is submitting to the call of a new day as in Walter Ciszek's "the reality of the situation." (Walter Ciszek was a Jesuit who was imprisoned in Russian for his faith). It is submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I like a twitter I received from Rick Warren (author of the Purpose Driven Life). In his twitter message he wrote that in the centre of the word obedience is the word die i.e. obeDIEnce. That resonates with what I am thinking about obedience. It is dying to self and taking our crosses and follow Jesus.
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