Mortification – Twenty-Ninth Day of March
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” — St. Matt. 16:24.
Do not think too highly of your own ideas. If your advice is asked, give it frankly, but with perfect indifference as to whether it be followed or rejected. Follow rather the advice of others than your own in all things permissible. — St. Francis of Sales.
The disciples of the Abbot Joh, who was celebrated for his sanctity, seeing him at the point of death, begged him to leave them some lessons by which they might arrive at perfection. He spoke as follows: “I never followed my own opinions, but taken the advice of others; and I never exacted from others what I had not before practiced myself.”
When St. Jane Frances was consulted upon any important affair, having prayed long, examined well everything pertaining to it, and taken counsel with wise persons who were filled with the Spirit of God, she gave her opinion and added these words: “This is my advice; but take counsel of some one else who is more wise and judicious than I am.”
O my Saviour, Who art the true light, wisdom uncreated, enlighten me, give me wisdom; I will no longer be governed by my own ideas, nor act for myself. I will decide by the advice of wiser ones than I, who are full of Thy spirit, having prayed that they may be enlightened to give me salutary counsel.