“Holy obedience confounds all bodily and fleshly desires and keeps the body mortified to the obedience of the spirit and to the obedience to all the men of this world.” (Salutation of the Virtues)
Obedience that is virtuous goes far beyond simply following commands, it is putting the wishes of others before those of our own.
This is perhaps one of the most difficult things we can do as Christians. And that is exactly why it is so effective for growing in holiness.
“For your obedience is published in every place. I rejoice therefore in you. But I would have you to be wise in good, and simple in evil.” – Romans 16:19, Douay-Rheims. (Day by Day with St. Francis, © Peter A. Giersch)