Yesterday, Coptic Orthodox Christians celebrated the Feast of the Cross.
St. Isaac of Syria writes,
The cross is the door to mysteries. Through this door the intellect makes entrance in to the knowledge of heavenly mysteries. The knowledge of the cross is concealed in the sufferings of the cross. And the more our participation in its sufferings, the greater the perception we gain through the cross. For, as the Apostle says, "As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ."*
It's painful to lose possessions, people, positions and other things that give us comfort. But, the reality is, the more we willingly accept to be stripped of them, the greater spiritual perception and consolation we experience. This is a basic law of spiritual life.
*Ascetical Homilies of St. Isaac of Syria