“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1Cor 9:27).
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1. Mortify your own will five times, offering these five acts to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
I. Do you have an ardent inclination to do something? If it is useless, renounce it; if it is useful and good, suspend the carrying out of the action for a little time.
II. Do you have a desire to see some delightful thing, or in some way to satisfy your curiosity? Deny yourself this satisfaction.
III. Are you thinking of saying something witty, or telling a joke to make people laugh? Stop yourself.
IV. Would you like to go to a confidant and let off steam about something bad that happened to you elsewhere? Stay where you are and be silent.
V. Do you wish to smell a flower, listen to music, go for a walk or take any other such innocent pleasure? Deprive yourself of it, for love of Jesus Christ.
2. Fast from food, mortify your stomach, and stay in uncomfortable positions or postures. Say five ‘Our Fathers’, ‘Hail Marys’ and ‘Glory Bes’ in honour of St Margarita Maria Alacoque, that she may obtain for you the spirit of Christian mortification.
3. Be particularly modest and quiet in Church, avoiding those small acts of irreverence that sadden the Heart of Jesus. Hear a Mass with bowed head and offer your moments of distraction to Jesus as a gift. Recite nine ‘Glory Bes’ in honour of the holy Angels, so that they may clothe you in the modesty of Jesus Christ, and help you to put that modesty into practice, particularly in Church before the Blessed Sacrament.
4. Do not judge or suspect your neighbour. Keep your distance from any shadow of murmuring. Do not give any reason for discord and avoid any type of argument. Visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and ask fervently from His Heart, love for those around you.
– Mons. N. Tafuri