Three questions…at the foot of the cross

“A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.”
St. Therese of Lisieux


(St Dominic at the base of the cross, with my reflection in the protective glass, also at
the foot of the cross / Freco by Fra Angelico / The Convent of San Marco / Florence, Italy

“The beatitude of the saints is immutable, like that of the Son of God. . .
Add ages to ages; multiply them equal to the sand of the ocean or the stars of heaven;
exhaust all numbers, if you can, beyond what the human intelligence can conceive,
and for the elect there will be still the same eternity of happiness.
They are immutable, and this immutability excludes weariness and disgust.
The life of an elect soul is one succession, without end,
of desires ever arising and ever satisfied, but desires without trouble, satiety or lassitude.
The elect will always see God, love God, possess God and always will wish to see Him,
love Him and possess Him still more.
This beatitude is the end destined for all;
God has given us time only in order to merit it, being and life only to possess it.
Reflect seriously on this great truth, and ask yourself these three questions
at the foot of the crucifix:
What have I done hitherto for heaven?
What ought I to do for heaven?
What shall I do henceforward for heaven?”

St. Ignatius of Loyola, p. 179
An Excerpt From
Spiritual Exercises

5 comments on “Three questions…at the foot of the cross

  1. Lynda Clayton says:

    I have those final three questions on my desk as a reminder that this is why I’m here. Ignatian spirituality speaks deeply to my soul. Thanks for quoting Saint Ignatius Julie!

  2. Julie, thank you for sharing these quotes. Through the years, I have never done as much as i thought the Lord wanted me to do, but in these later years, I have come to the conclusion that when all is said and done, I may not have done all that I thought I should do; but I will have done all that I could do, and God will have done all He would do in my life here.
    Blessings! 🙂

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