I’ve been thinking about this for a very long time and I want to know if there’s situations that practicing severe penances or mortifications can become sinful?
After confession I’ve always done the penances given to me by the priest and I trust that I made a valid confession and will be forgiven but something that I don’t understand is that often the penance seems very (well for lack of a better word) easy in comparison to the sins I’ve committed.
I truly believe I need to do more!!!
Even if I should make it to Heaven and I pray I do, I feel that if I don’t practice more mortifications, penances, then I’ll be in purgartory FOR A V-E-R-Y L-O-N-G T-I-M-E!!!
Several great saints practiced severe/extreme mortifications to the body and I’m assuming they were pleasing to God…If the saints practiced these then why shouldn’t a great sinner like myself practice them?
I was told by a priest that this wouldn’t be pleasing to God if people practiced such penances now, WHY???
***I know that monks in certain monestaries used to beat themselves on Fridays and meditate upon the Passion of Christ…
***I believe it was St. Margaret of Cortona who because she was a beautiful woman disfigured her face so that she wouldn’t be looked upon by men.
***Many saints fasted to extremes.
And the list goes on and on…