Mortification – Twenty-Third Day of March
“If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself.” — St. Matt. 16:24.
Mortify your will to such an extent that, if it be possible, you may never satisfy it. Wish that it may be opposed, and rejoice when it so happens. Follow rather the will of others, even when it seems that your ideas are preferable to theirs. — St. Vincent Ferrer.
It was according to this principle that St. Catharine of Genoa. Lived. She congratulated herself when the will of others prevailed over hers. It sufficed with her that her natural inclinations attracted her towards anything to deny herself of it.
Father Sanchez was in the habit of praying that God would refuse any permission he would ask of his Superior if the thing he asked were not agreeable to God.
My God, I would wish never to satisfy my will; I will oppose it without ceasing. I will bless Thee when it is refused me. I will follow the will of others rather than my own, that by so doing I may sacrifice what is so dear to me and what Thou desirest so much.