Mortification – Fourth Day of March
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” — St. Matt. 16:24.
He who permits himself to be led and governed by the inferior or animal part of his nature deserves the name of beast rather than that of man. — St. Vincent de Paul.
Philip, Count of Nemours, having led a wicked life, was after a time given by God grace to see the enormity of his sins’ he was filled with horror at the frightful state of his soul, and wept bitterly. On his death-bed, penetrated with lively sorrow, he begged those who were attending him to carry him to the public square, and leave him to die without any assistance at the last hour. “I have lived like a dog,” he said; “it is but right I should die like one.”
St. Vincent de Paul, having converted a great sinner, suggested to him an excellent practice. “Ask yourself often during the day this question: To what am I most inclined? When you find that it is something earthly, renounce it.” The penitent was faithful to this practice, and became a perfect Christian.
O my God, I am afflicted because I have never lived as a Christian, not lived even as a reasonable man. I have lived like a beast — like a demon. Now I desire only the sentiments of Jesus Christ, to live by the movement of His grace.