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OH, HOW GOD LOVES THESE LITTLE MORTIFICATIONS WHICH NO ONE SEES!

03 Aug

WHEN WE ARE IN THE STREETS, LET US FIX OUR GAZE ON OUR SAVIOUR, CARRYING HIS CROSS BEFORE US…

“Oh, how I love these little mortifications, which no one sees, such as rising a quarter of an hour earlier, or rising to pray for a short while during the night; but there are some who think only of sleeping.

HOW AND WHY PRACTISE LITTLE MORTIFICATIONS?

We can refrain from warming ourselves; if we find ourselves badly placed, we can refrain from seeking a better place; if we are walking in our garden, we can deprive ourselves of some fruit, which we would like. We can abstain from eating any little things that we come across in the course of our household duties, or from looking at some pretty thing which attracts our gaze, especially in the streets of the large towns. When we are in the streets, let us fix our gaze on our Saviour, carrying His cross before us, or on the Blessed Virgin who is looking at us, or on our guardian angel who is by our side.

‘THY WILL BE DONE’, NOT MINE – GIVING UP OUR OWN WILL

Again, it is a very good thing to give up our own will. The life of a poor servant, who has no will but that of her mistress, may be, if she knows how to turn this renunciation to her profit, just as pleasing to God as that of a nun, who is always confronted with her rule.

Even in the world, at all times, we can renounce our own will: for example, by denying ourselves a visit which would give us pleasure, by performing an act of charity which wearies us, by retiring to rest a few minutes later, or by rising a few minutes earlier: by giving the preference to whichever thing pleases us less, when there is a choice of two things to be done, etc. etc.”
– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

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