Mortification – Third Day of March
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” — St. Matt. 16:24.
Our principal business should be to conquer ourselves, and to become more perfect every day in this practice. It is particularly necessary that we should apply ourselves to be victorious in little temptations, such as vivacity, suspicions, jealousy, indolence, vanity. By so doing we shall obtain the strength to resist greater ones. — St. Francis of Sales.
It was asked of an excellent Christian, whose patience was admirable, how he supported without complaining many insults which he received daily from a number of young people who made him an object of derision. He replied: “It often occurs to me to mortify them by answering them; but I say to myself, If I cannot suffer so little a thing, how could I be patient under circumstances where I should have much more to bear?”
St. Francis Xavier often repeated this maxim: “He who does not know how to conquer himself in little things cannot do so in great ones.”
Lord, teach me what I should avoid and what I should do to overcome myself. But do not content Thyself to instruct me; assist me with Thy grace; give me the courage which I need.