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LM09-10B Introduction to the Purgative Way

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Given by Fr. Michael Rodriguez, March 17, 2009 (2009 LM Day2.)

On Mortification
2009 Lenten Parish Mission Talks - Fr. Michael Rodríguez

Theme of Mission: God wills our sanctification, but we must be willing to mortify ourselves. Every disciple of Christ must live a certain degree of asceticism; yet this essential aspect of Catholic spirituality often goes unmentioned today.

We must mortify ourselves if we wished to be saved, for reaching heaven is not easy. Our Lord said: "Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!"

Fr. Rodríguez explains the Purgative Way: how one must keep custody of his eyes, ears and tongue, one must purify his passions, mortify his interior senses (memory and imagination) and his higher spiritual faculties (mind and will) as well.

The practice of mortification is a hallmark of our authentic Catholic tradition. If we wish to restore our Faith, we must recover and practice this essential discipline. The Spiritual Life is a battle and only he who is willing to crucify his flesh and its lusts will emerge victorious!

The Parish Mission lasted five days. Each Mission began with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The sermon from the Mass is included in the audio recordings. These sermons focused on different methods by which the faithful may purposefully, devoutly and actively participate at the Traditional Latin Mass. Following the spiritual conference, Father would have a Holy Hour which included various devotions and praying the most Holy Rosary. The Sacrament of Penance was also available every evening of the Parish Mission.

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CD 1

1. I Will Show You the Way to Heaven (Day 1)

CD 2

2. The Purgative Way (Day 2)

CD 3

3. Crucify the Flesh and Its Lusts (Day 3)

CD 4

4. Mortification of the Exterior and Interior Senses (Day 4)

CD 5

5. The Pearl of Great Price (Day 5)