IS a very great thing to obey, to live under a superior and
not to be one's own master, for it is
much safer to be subject than it is to command. Many live
in obedience more from necessity than
from love. Such become discontented and dejected on the slightest
pretext; they will never gain
peace of mind unless they subject themselves wholeheartedly
for the love of God.
where you may, you will find no rest except in humble obedience
to the rule of authority.
Dreams of happiness expected from change and different places
have deceived many.
it is true, wishes to do as he pleases and is attracted to
those who agree with him.
But if God be among us, we must at times give up our opinions
for the blessings of peace.
who is so wise that he can have full knowledge of everything?
Do not trust too
much in your own opinions, but be willing to listen to those
of others. If, though your own be good,
you accept another's opinion for love of God, you will gain
much more merit; for I have often
heard that it is safer to listen to advice and take it than
to give it. It may happen, too, that while
one?s own opinion may be good, refusal to agree with others
when reason and occasion demand
it, is a sign of pride and obstinacy.