First, the Word of God (Luke 14:25-30, emphasis mine):
Now large crowds were traveling with Jesus; and he turned and said to them, “Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
Dear young people, let us entrust ourselves to Jesus, let us give ourselves over to Him (Lumen Fidei, 16), because He never disappoints anyone! Only in Christ crucified and risen can we find salvation and redemption. With Him, evil, suffering, and death do not have the last word, because He gives us hope and life: He has transformed the Cross from being an instrument of hate, defeat, and death to being a sign of love, victory, triumph and life.
After you have spent some time in prayer and considering the sacrifices you are willing to make in order to gain through this experience, please complete the following:
Thank you! Let us keep each other in prayer, and continually ask the Lord to guide our hearts, and provide our means to serve and glorify Him. Buon Cammino!