Obedience September 11
The vow of obedience requires . . . acceptance of the decisions of the Chapter and/or of the superior (European Provincial Statutes, 1.26).
I profess obedience because:
--I see in Christ Risen that God has a plan for humanity, the objective of which is the re-creation of the world in glory;
--I believe that this plan is communicated always and everywhere by God's Word in the Church and in the events and persons in the contemporary world;
--I have confidence in the gift of leadership given to the Church by Christ, which my superiors participate in to verify the way;
--I accept the tradition of the Church that invites me to submit to the judgment of legitimate authority on the way to the Kingdom rather than favor my own judgment;
--I expect to hear the call of God in the sharing of believers and, more particularly, in the dialogue that happens in my religious community;
--I retain the right to speak prophetically when I judge that the integrity of the Gospel is being threatened;
--I count on my personal conscience to guide me in situations where I doubt the morality of what obedience demands of me.
Even if the elephant is skinny, it remains king of the forest. (Duala)