Mortification … Tuesday, August 20

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Mortification. Self-denial. Its about more than this life and the things around us here and now. Its a path to the next life and the One Who waits for us there.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Sorrowful Mystery, the Scourging. “There is more security in self-denial, mortification, and other like virtues, than in an abundance of tears.”

~ St. Teresa of Jesus.

Jesus, as always, gives us our best example. He had prayed in the garden that the cup He was about from drink of might pass. That couldn’t be. At least it couldn’t be if a way for us, a Merciful Way, was to be forged. Much of that way revolves around His example and our doing likewise. And so He prayed for God‘s will regardless, and here is a part of the result. The scourging. Not that He deserved it, but that we do. He took upon Himself a path of mortification to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. Oh, we can undergo self-inflicted mortification (aka “self-denial”), but we can only do it by His grace. And that’s the example He gives us here. It’s by God’s grace that He was, in the flesh, able to do what needed to be done. This example should give us the strength we need to place ourselves second, at best, and God and His will first. Isn’t that what Jesus really prayed for in the garden? Never forget that He is as human, save for sin, as He is Divine. And always remember that He is here with us now offering always the strength and grace we need to follow the example He set for us. For you.

Today …

St. Bernard of Valdeiglesias


St. Bernard of Valdeiglesias

St. Bernard of Valdeiglesias is the patron saint of Candelada, Spain. He was a monk at Valdeiglesias, possibly a Cistercian. I’ve said before, Cistercians are Benedictines to the 10th power. It takes a lot of self-denial to be a member of that order. We don’t know a lot about this saint and in this instance that’s a good thing. There aren’t a lot of details to get in our way and perhaps muddy the water for us. What little we know helps give us a clear view of the one thing we need to see most. Self-denial. Certainly, we aren’t all called to the Cistercian Order but every one of us needs to set self aside in preference for Christ. Christ did, as we’ve just seen, the same for us. Our St. Bernard might make a good prayer partner as we practice our own needed self-mortification.

Saintly advice … “He who wishes to find Jesus should seek Him, not in the delights and pleasures of the world, but in mortification of the senses.” ~ St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.