Hi TC…Obviously we have met along the way although I must confess and to my overwhelming embarrassment that I cannot recall same. I have referred my appalling memory to my doctor who assures me that it is merely age (63yrs) and my hope is that he is correct…but it does continue to cause me much embarrassment and often. Please do forgive me!:o I’m a student, and too often for comfort, my tutors look upon me in absolute disbelief…in “memory” matters.
I am happy that you can see my point and as worthwhile, as my own conclusion was that I had not really explained things well at all and another common failing of mine …i.e…I know what I mean, I just can’t put it into words - and this led Carole to misunderstand. I really do think that obedience is a very very important virtue. My director tends to view my bad memory as akin to “avoidance”…but it is not, it really is, in all simplicity, a dreadful memory seemingly growing even worse daily.
CONGREGATION FOR INSTITUTES OF CONSECRATED
LIFE AND SOCIETIES OF APOSTOLIC LIFE
THE SERVICE OF AUTHORITY
…is well worth the careful reading. He does state:
[FONT=Arial]However, other consecrated persons, in relation to their type of life, can also cull useful information from it. This document hopes to offer help and encouragement to all those, called to witness to the primacy of God through free obedience to his will, to live their yes to the Lord in joy.
…and I do think that it has something to say to all of us about certainly the vow of obedience and the why of it and also obedience in life and living though not consecrated persons, if not taken to the ridiculous or lacking in common sense, although after reading the document, my own conclusion was that Pope Benedict had that type of response more than well covered.
I am a consistent and endless fan of St. Paul who does state “all authority comes from God” and I take that personally to heart though not to the extent of what I would term: blind obedience …
Paul to Romans, Chapter 13
Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God. 2 Therefore he that resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God.