obedience

God has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself
God's will is not some abstract idea to be figured out or puzzled over.  The simple truth is that God’s will is what God actually wills to send us each day, in the way of  circumstances, places, people and problems God sets before us at that time.  We have to learn to recognise his will in the reality of the situation.We have no need to wonder what God’s will must be for us;  his will is revealed in every situation of everyday life.  We must try to see all things as God...
Fr Dermot Preston SJ reflects on the place of the vows in the life of a Jesuit. He has worked as a Jesuit in Britain,  South Africa and Guyana and is now Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain.When I was a novice we used to recite this helpful little meditation:“Poverty – to be free, as He was freeChastity – to love generously, as He lovedObedience – to live a life of service, as He served.”As these words illustrate, the contours of the vows are not narrowly...
There is no doubt that in the eyes of many in the world today, a vowed life of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience seems like madness! No Jesuit would deny the challenge of this life. We cannot live this way without the help of God’s grace. But we embrace it knowing that for us it is a path of life, a way of uniting ourselves with, and witnessing to, Christ in our world.In poverty, we become free to share the life of the poor and to use whatever resources we have for the service of othersIn...