“Reflect on this truth: that God gives Himself to those who give up everything for Him.”
St. Teresa of Avila
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.
St. Matthew 16:24-25
Some may ask why? Why should I take up my Cross? The answer is to gain eternal life in heaven rather than hell and this advice follows immediately in 16:26 of The Gospel of Saint Matthew:
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?
Others may then ask how? How can I do this? What must I do? Each must look to his own weakness and sin. What is it that keeps me from following Jesus Christ? Does drinking alcohol lead to sin? Am I addicted to alcohol or gambling or promiscuity? Do I habitually blaspheme? Am I guilty of idolatry? Jesus provides the answer. He tells us to let go of what binds us to the world and to do this for Him.
And if thy right hand scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell.
I let go of what bound me to this sinful world – I made a vow to Jesus Christ never to drink alcohol again. After a while I realised that as a Roman Catholic convert I must go to confession to repent of my sins. And since this time I have, by the grace of God, attended the Traditional Latin Mass = The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.