Friday, March 6, 2015

I die daily

You don't have to look for opportunities to renounce your will in the extraordinary.  Rather, each day presents you with occasions wherein you can mortify yourself - making your nature die in you little by little so that you can live more fully the life of Christ.  To embrace these in love and faith in God often becomes a precious prayer that cries out to Him.

. . . there are the renunciations that, under the guidance of Providence, we must expect in the course of life, and accept as true disciples of Christ Jesus: there are sickness and suffering; the loss of those dear to us, adversities, the oppositions and contradictions that thwart the realisation of our plans; the failure of our undertakings; our disillusionments; moments of weariness, hours of sadness, the burden of the day that weighed so heavily on St. Paul till, as he says himself, he was weary even of life: Ut etiam taederet vivere—all those miseries that detach us from ourselves and creatures by mortifying our nature and making it die in us little by little: Quotidie morior. “I die daily.” Those are St. Paul’s words; but if he died daily, it was that he might the better live the life of Christ.

Christ, the Life of the Soul, Part II, chapter 4, sections 4 and 5

Marmion, Blessed Columba