Probably one of the biggest graces I received during Lent was something Scott Hahn wrote in his excellent book Lord, Have Mercy: “What was required of Adam and Eve was a sheer act of will — uniting their own will with God's will — and thus sacrificing all the lower desires of their bodies and souls, hearts and minds.” This, as well as something Jesus said to Sor Josefa Menéndez: “Obedience is the veil under which you must disappear.” This filled me with great joy. I felt that through obedience, when I do God’s will, I am truly and authentically FREE.
In every act of obedience, the Lord requires the same as Adam and Eve: unite my will to His to sacrifice all my lower desires and to make my heart grow. Sure, there are acts of obedience that are hard for me, but I know that they are always for my good. If I want “to put on the mind of Christ,” I have to disappear.