13 July 2016

Hope, though the World be Hopeless

O Lord, strengthen my hope, for he who hopes in You will never be confounded.

We look at the infinite God who is perfect and immensely higher than ourself, a weak, miserable creature, and we wonder: How can I ever reach Him and be united with Him, who is so infinitely beyond my capacity? And hope replies: You can, for God Himself wishes it; it was for this reason that He created you and raised you to the supernatural state, giving you all the help necessary for such an arduous undertaking. The Council of Trent affirms that we should all have "a very firm hope-- firmissimam spem-- in the help of God," help which He has formally promised to those who love Him and have recourse to Him with confidence. "Ask and it shall be given you," Jesus said; "Seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.... If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask Him?" (Mt. 7, 7.11). The "good things" promised by Jesus are those contained in the act of hope: "eternal life and the graces necessary to attain it"; this is the object of hope and what we must ask for before everything else.

--from Divine Intimacy, by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

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