Our Exaltation of the Cross
Between the heathen world and the threefold God there is only one link, and that is the cross of Christ. Yet when we move into this no-man’s land and try afresh to twitch the threads that link the heathen world and the threefold God, should we still be surprised that we can only do it in the cross of Christ? We must make ourselves resemble this cross, bear it within ourselves, “always carrying in the body the death of Jesus,” as Saint Paul says of the preacher of the faith (2 Cor 4:10). This feeling of being torn asunder, which is a cross to us, this inability of our heart to carry within itself simultaneously love of the most holy Trinity and love of a world alienated from the Trinity, is precisely the death agony of the only begotten Son, an agony he calls on us to share. He who bore this division within himself in order to abolish it within himself, and who could only abolish it because he had previously borne it within himself—he reaches from one end to the other. Without leaving the bosom of the Trinity, he stretches out to the ultimate limit of human misery and fills the whole space in between. This stretching out of Christ, symbolized by the four directions of the cross, is the mysterious expression of own dismemberment and makes us like him.