GOSPEL Lk 15:1-3.11-32
On that epoch – I think eleven or ten years ago – I saw many times God our Lord as a very beautiful child, sleeping in the arms of Most Blessed Mary, I was told that this is the manner He reposed in my heart; and really, in this way it was given to me to feel God our Lord in the arms of my soul receiving the Holy Communion. What delicacies of a loving God! … Because everything was his love since He did not find in me correspondence, O, how great is my ingratitude, that I have offended so much the one who has loved me so much! Maria Antonia Paris, Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography 71
Besides mortifying myself in sight, hearing, speech, taste, and smell, I also strove to practice some particular acts of mortification. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I took the discipline. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays I wore the cilice. If circumstances were such that I couldn't take the discipline, I would do some equivalent penance such as praying with my arms outstretched in the form of a cross or kneeling on my fingers. St. Anthony Mary Claret, Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters, Autobiography 411.