Catechism Series on the Basics of the Catholic Faith

Mortification – Thirtieth Day of March

Mortification

If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” — St. Matt. 16:24.

THIRTIETH DAY.

Since holiness consists in willing what God wills, wisdom consists in judging of things as God judges; and who can say that his sentiments are always according to God’s? How many times have you not been compelled to acknowledge that you have been mistaken in your judgments? — St. Vincent de Paul.

This saint was gifted with such great prudence that he was reputed to be one of the wisest men of his time. Nevertheless, the lowly opinion he held of himself caused him, upon all occasions, to recommend himself to God, and to pray fervently to be directed. If he was consulted upon anything, he gave his advice modestly, after having taken time for reflection; but if he was slow to decide, he was as firm to continue in any good work which he had undertaken with counsel, and after having prayed for guidance to know the will of God.

Prayer.

My God, I am resolved to do nothing without having recommended myself to Thee, nor without advice. Do not permit me to go astray, nor contrary to Thy will.

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