Mortification – Seventh Day of March
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” — St. Matt. 16:24.
One of the things which keeps us far from perfection is, without doubt, our tongue. When one has arrived at that point that he does not sin with the tongue he is perfect, according to the Holy Ghost. This is why we must speak little and well — little and with simplicity, with charity, and in a manner that will make virtue appear amiable. — St. Francis of Sales.
St. Louis Gonzaga, before speaking, with fervor addressed to God this prayer of the prophet: “Lord, place a guard over my lips.”
St. Vincent de Paul was so perfect a master of his tongue that he was never heard to say a useless word. When he was overburdened with occupations, which frequently happened, he would only say: “Blessed be God! We must be content with what He sends.”
St. Louis Gonzaga, being one day asked by a companion what means he took to avoid sin in speaking, replied: “Before speaking I think of what I am about to say, and recommend myself to God, that I may say nothing to displease Him.”
My God, I humbly ask pardon for so many sins which I have committed with this tongue, which Thou hast given me to bless Thee. I will punish myself by speaking little, and never of myself without necessity, or against charity or truth, but only to induce others to love Thee.