” . . . hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” ~ Romans 5:5
We make the monthly schedule for Everyday Ediths at the beginning of the year, but the Holy Spirit must be at work in our choice of topics. For how difficult, but also how appropriate and necessary it is that we have charged ourselves to write of hope in these darkest of days for our Church.
Perhaps you have noticed how the very language of the Lectionary seems tailor-made for the crisis we’ve been facing, and how the words of the saints whose feasts fall in August have offered a wellspring of wisdom for us to cling to. More proof of the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and all the more reason to hope.
Hope is one of the great theological virtues, one of the three things that last. Its opposite is despair, which I have often heard referred to as the one unforgivable sin. The temptation to despair is great right now. Every day brings some new reprehensible revelation or confusing controversy.
But this painful purification of the Church is necessary, and we must hold onto hope.
Take heart! We already know how this ends:
“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. ” ~Matthew 16:18