We all know that Lent is a time to take stock of our lives, to reflect on how our year is going in the attempt to draw closer to God, and to bear down and put our noses to the grindstone, so to speak, of prayer, fasting and charitable works.  Mortification is a word which we may not be overly fond of, but it is of the utmost importance in our lives, in both the natural and the supernatural sense.  St. Josemaria Escrivá explains:

ashes.jpg“From every point of view, mortification has an extraordinary importance.  Considering it humanly, anyone who does not know how to control himself will never be able to have a positive influence on others.  He will be overwhelmed by his surroundings as soon as he finds they appeal to his personal tastes.  He will be a man without energy, incapable of any great effort when required.

Considering it before God, do you not think it appropriate for us to show, with these small acts, how much we love, obey and respect the One who gave everything to us?"

During Lent we should be unyielding in our efforts to make even small sacrifices for God:  giving up our usual routine in meals and snacks, forgoing the sweet latte that we are craving during that mid-afternoon slump, being more patient with people we may consider bothersome, forgiving interruptions in our plans for the day, etc.  Every time we overcome ourselves in these situations, we overcome the world a little bit more.  This Lenten season, let us ask Fr. Escrivá to help us be aware of the many ways, small but significant, in which we can sacrifice for Christ.

St. Josemaria Escrivá, pray for us!