Mortification and Prayer
That mortification is a necessary preparation for prayer is a truth that all masters of the spiritual life teach us. They say that as we
cannot write upon a skin of parchment if it be not well shaved, and all the flesh taken off, so if the evil inclinations of the flesh be not all rooted out of us, we have not the necessary preparation for Our Lord to write and imprint upon our hearts the characters of His grace and wisdom.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930