A Year with the Saints – 11 March


Upon interior mortification depends the right adjustment of our whole exterior, its arrangement with most perfection, with most sweetness and peace. – Saint Teresa of Avila

Saint Philip Neri, when anyone asked him what he should do to become a Saint, used to put his hand to his forehead, saying, “Give me those four fingers, and I will make you a Saint”; meaning that all sanctity depends on denying one’s own will and one’s own judgment. And to a penitent who often asked permission to take the discipline, he once gave this answer: “How are the shoulders to blame, if the head is hard?”

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