This reflection is broken down into three aspects: CHRIST, THINK, & PRAYER. It is part of a daily devotion book entitled “My Daily Bread” published by: THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
This comes from the, SELF CONQUEST THROUGH MORTIFICATION section.
MANS INTERIOR ENEMIES
MY CHILD, nothing gives you more trouble than your unthinking self. Until you have acquired control of your animal thinking desires, your proud ambitions, and your foolish envy of others, you cannot enjoy My heavenly peace.
If your heart is not at rest, it is because you are controlled by this blind self within you. Your heart is not set on Me, but on the comforts, enjoyments, achievements, or security of this life. Because you are so self-centered and full of worldly desires you are tempted to sin.
Whatever is not from Me and leads not to Me is bad for you. Some of the saints often asked themselves the question: “How does this help me for eternal life?” That is very valuable question. If you live by it, there will be less waste of time and more good work in your daily life.
The man who has not learned to mortify himself, has within himself the enemies of peace and goodness. He is easily aroused against those who thwart or oppose his selfish desires. He sees the obligations of others, but he remains blind to his own. He blames little things in others, while he excuses bigger faults in himself.
My Jesus, You conquered the world of passion and selfishness. By Your life of mortification, prayer, work, loyalty to the Father's Will, You merited for me all the necessary graces to overcome self in my daily activities. I wish to begin a mortified life. I want to practice self-control as often as I can, even when there is no question of sin. By my mortification, I hope to obtain greater graces to fight greater temptations. If I am ready to suffer for You now, I will be prepared to fight for You then. I hope in You for the strength to begin. You deserve this of me. Let me forget self and think only of Your all-perfect goodness. Amen.