Faithfully living the second as well as the first command of Jesus which together sum up Jesus’s requirements, and all the commandments.
Jesus said that to treat others with practical love, which God also accepts as love offered to Him … Matthew 25 verses 31 to 46. He shows clearly in these verses that practical love for others is his ultimate criteria for judging souls.
The hardest mortification, hardest penance, can be to give kindness and assistance to other people, especially when you don’t feel like smiling, being respectful, helping others in little or large ways etc.
Daily life brings innumerable opportunities to act towards others with appropriate and generous kindness, regardless of cost to our pride, our desire for easy entertainment, our self- will, and so on.
Jesus summed up the commandments with love God above all, love others … in these do we find the most valuable form of mortification, the more so if we do so willingly and humbly.
May God bless us and assist us in living His commands of love in times that it is challenging as well as in times when when our hearts flow with warmth.