Mortification – Eleventh Day of March
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” — St. Matt. 16:24.
It is interior mortification which should, as much as possible, regulate our exterior. — St. Teresa.
When someone asked St. Philip Neri what he should do to sanctify himself, he placed his hand on his forehead, and said: “Give me this, and I will make you a saint;” meaning that sanctity depends upon the renouncement of our will and judgment. “It is the mind and the heart we must mortify before the shoulders,” he said to a person, who was attached to his own will, and wished to punish his body with instruments of penance.
O my Saviour, Who wouldst be Man of sorrows, for Thy love I will henceforth satisfy myself in nothing. I make Thee the sacrifice of my will; I will deny my inclinations in all things to please Thee.