What, then, does it mean to deny ourselves? The Rule states that it’s to renounce our own judgment, our will, our […] Interior and exterior senses. […] Curiosity to see things […and] to hear things. Curiosity caused the downfall of our first father […] This renunciation extends to forgetting our past life; otherwise, we’ll think about the days of our youth, the expressions of tenderness we’ve experienced, or the annoyances we’ve had. If you want to find Him, my dear confreres, give up the desire to make an impression, ostentation in mind and body, and, in a word, all the vanities and attachments of life.
Vincent de Paul (Volume: 12 | Page#: 176-81) Mortification (Common Rules, Chap. II, Art. 8 and 9) 2 May, 1659
Am I willing to die to myself?
Quotes sources: Saint Vincent de Paul / Correspondence, Conferences, Documents; Brooklyn, NY: New City Press, 1999; Pierre Coste, Editor. Spiritual writings of Louise de Marillac. Edited and translated from the original French edition by Louise Sullivan, D.C. Brooklyn, New York: New City Press, 1991.