My son, he who endeavors to withdraw himself from obedience, withdraws himself from grace; and he who seeks for himself private benefit (Matt. 16:24), loses those which are common. He who does not cheerfully and freely submit himself to his superior, it is a sign that his flesh is not as yet perfectly obedient to him, but oftentimes kicks and murmurs against him. Learn therefore quickly to submit yourself to your superior, if you desire to keep your own flesh under the yoke. For more speedily is the outward enemy overcome, if the inward man be not laid waste. There is no worse nor more troublesome enemy to the soul than you are to yourself, if you are not well in harmony with the Spirit. It is altogether necessary that you take up a true contempt for yourself, if thou desire to prevail against flesh and blood. Because as yet you love yourself too inordinately, therefore you are afraid to resign yourself wholly to the will of others. And yet, what great matter is it, if you, who are but dust and nothing, subject yourself to a man for God's sake, when I, the Almighty and the Most High who created all things of nothing, humbly subjected Myself to man for your sake?
Lord, have mercy on us.
Ave Maris Stella