The path of life is the ascetic life

The path of life is all pain and tears, all thorns and nails. Crosses spring up everywhere, there’s stress and sorrow all around. Every step’s a Gethsemane, every hill’s a Golgotha, every moment a spear. If we could squeeze the earth like a sponge, it would drip blood and tears.

The path of life is the ascetic life.

Based on Elder Ephraim of Arizona