Mortification and Self-Denial

Mortification and Self-Denial


Description: Today Dan and Melissa talk about mortification and how we can love God more fully by denying ourselves of earthly things.

Topics/Questions covered in the show:

  • What does St. Teresa of Avila mean when she says, “Prayer and a comfortable life do not go together”?
  • What does it mean to take up our cross in the midst of all of the comfort we experience?
  • We are called to embrace the cross, which is the ultimate act of self-giving.
  • What is mortification?
  • Once we are detached from earthly things, we are free to love God in a more pure way.
  • When we are not mortifying ourselves, our appetites begin to rule us.
  • Why are little, daily, physical mortifications helpful in the spiritual life?
  • mortification and self-denial
    “The Anchorite”, Teodor Axentowicz, 1881

    What is a “rule of life” and how does this help incorporate mortification into our lives?


What is Divine Intimacy Radio?

The Divine Intimacy Radio Show is a haven of rest and wellspring of spiritual life for those seeking intimacy with God and the enlightened path of Catholic mystical and ascetical wisdom. Every week, Dan Burke and Melissa Elson explore topics related to the interior life and Catholic teaching, including prayer, spiritual direction, meditation, contemplation, and holiness.

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