Preparing for Consecration
Preliminary, Day 11: Imitation, Book 1, Ch:25
Spirit of the World
Spend this period casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ.
We must remember that we do not conquer our struggles with complacency, nor with non-action. Growing in holiness is a work, a labor of love for our Lord. Today, we are reminded to persevere, to remain committed to our goal, and to always look for greater zeal in our spiritual life. When we are anxious, let us first re-commit our lives to Our Lord, then ask for the grace to live out that commitment. But let us also remember to do the work necessary to move us forward. – Bernadette Harmon
Zeal in amending our lives
One day when a certain man who wavered often and anxiously between hope and fear was struck with sadness, he knelt in humble prayer before the altar of a church. While meditating on these things, he said: "Oh if I but knew whether I should persevere to the end!" Instantly he heard within the divine answer: "If you knew this, what would you do? Do now what you would do then and you will be quite secure." Immediately consoled and comforted, he resigned himself to the divine will and the anxious uncertainty ceased. His curiosity no longer sought to know what the future held for him, and he tried instead to find the perfect, the acceptable will of God in the beginning and end of every good work.
"Trust thou in the Lord and do good," says the Prophet; "dwell in the land and thou shalt feed on its riches." (Ps 36:3)
There is one thing that keeps many from zealously improving their lives, that is, dread of the difficulty, the toil of battle. Certainly they who try bravely to overcome the most difficult and unpleasant obstacles far outstrip others in the pursuit of virtue. A man makes the most progress and merits the most grace precisely in those matters wherein he gains the greatest victories over self and most mortifies his will. True, each one has his own difficulties to meet and conquer, but a diligent and sincere man will make greater progress even though he have more passions than one who is more even-tempered but less concerned about virtue.