Through voluntarily suffering and self-condemnation we do not take into consideration other struggles, because we have already chosen the hardest of them all, the only one that we truly deserve. Those who step onto this path not only that they do not give in in front of the struggle of this life but they also receive the grace of curing themselves from incurable illnesses.
What state of the soul generates prayer, obedience, humbleness and protecting of faith? What is the virtue that makes us be alive and that we always must treasure? Watchfulness is the foundation of our spiritual work. We need to be watchful and eliminate routine, banality and idleness from our soul as the weed from a beautiful garden.