John 17:24: ‘Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory (in eternity), which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.’
But I have done nothing to deserve eternal life with God.
Padre Pio’s assurance: ‘We must ask the Spirit, the Comforter to make us increasingly aware of the excellence of our Christian vocation. The fact of having been chosen, having been elected among innumerable others, and knowing that without any merit on our part, this choice, this election was decided by God from all eternity, ‘before the foundation of the world, for the sole reason that we might be His in time and in eternity, is such a great and at the same time such an enchanting mystery that the soul, even though it understands so little of all this, cannot but melt away with love.’
‘Secondly, let us pray that He may enlighten us more and more as to the immensity of the eternal inheritance which has been reserved for us by the goodness of the heavenly Father. May our discernment of this mystery turn our hearts away from earthly goods and make us eager to arrive at our heavenly home.’
Lord, thank You for the gift of eternal life. Amen.
-Padre Pio’s Words of Wisdom