Sanctity is not a question of relinquishing or giving up something for Christ: It is a question of exchange. In the spiritual world, I learn that there are many things that I can get along without, and as I grow in acquaintance with Christ, I find that I can get along without sin, but I cannot get along without his peace of conscience, and so I exchange one for the other. I find by a still deeper acquaintance that I can get along without the world’s goods, but not without the wealth of Christ’s grace, and so I exchange one for the other…Thus, the saint goes on exchanging one thing for another. And thus it is that in making himself poor, he becomes rich, and in making himself a slave, he becomes free.
Fulton J. Sheen, Manifestations of Christ
Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? (Matthew 16:24-26)
Do you pray the Stations of the Cross year round?