Thursday, May 31, 2012

Hoping when things are hopeless...

Photo by Michael Paulson

Bishop Chris Coyne on his blog quotes Chesterton for the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all... As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.

G. K. Chesterton
If you look at the day's scriptures, you will certainly see what true hope is as it plays out in the lives of Mary and Elizabeth who each had every reason to feel hopeless...

The contrast between hope and hopelessness has colored my own writing over this past week (here and here) and I'm grateful for the Chesterton quote and its wisdom.


 

     
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