CCC 2015 The way of perfection passes by way of the Cross. There is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle.1 Spiritual progress entails the ascesis and mortification that gradually lead to living in the peace and joy of the Beatitudes:
He who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. He never stops desiring what he already knows.2
1 Cf. 2 Tim 4.
2 St. Gregory of Nyssa, Hom. in Cant. 8: PG 44, 941C.