"To live without faith, without a heritage to defend, without battling constantly for truth, is not to live but to 'get along'; we must never just 'get along.'" - Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
On the front end, we shrink from all that is painful, inconvenient, tiresome, irritating - the list can go on and on. We'll never get to the back end, deep union with Christ, if we don't practice what the Church has always recommended: penance, sacrifice, self-denial in little ways every day. The little ways prepare us for the bigger, tougher pain we're going to endure as disciples of Our Lord.
No one could have explained it any better or clearer than you. Thank you Barbara. Praying you are well.