-St. Ignatius of LoyolaOkay, I want to put this in perspective, so:
- Grab the nearest baseball bat.
- Give your shin (or better, your femur) a good whacking. Do that until you hear a crack. For best results, continue until the bat itself has cracked.
- When you're done screaming in terribly, gut-wrenching pain, continue reading.
So what must it be like to mortify your body? It's like trying to go on a diet, but worse. Trust me. I'm on a diet and I just bought some Nutella. I fluctuate between 203 lbs. and 209 lbs. based solely on my mood. Why? Because my will ain't strong enough! My will wants to think of myself and my own desires first.
Now, in all fairness, the equivalent of shattering your femur with a baseball bat in regard to the will would be something a little closer to...hmm...laying down one's life for one's friends. St. Ignatius of Loyola mentions determination as the tool to overcome willfulness. I'd like to suggest (and I know he'd agree), that the real instrument for this job is love. How do I know this?
"No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends."
Love is what enables us to defy our own wills in the most profound ways. If we're going to be Fiat Men, we need love first and foremost!