Category Archives: Hope

Hope vs accidie in Christian obedience

“A botanist, discovering a rare flower growing thickly all along the margins of one of our Scottish rivers, followed it back and back up a sidestream, and then along a tributary of that in its turn, until at long last … Continue reading

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Introductory Essay concerning Accidie – Francis Paget.

Introductory Essay Concerning Accidie. Yea, they thought scorn of that pleasant land, and gave no credence unto His word; but murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord Most men may know that strange effect of vividness … Continue reading

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Christ the Shepherd and Philosopher

“The figure of Christ is interpreted on ancient sarcophagi principally by two images: the philosopher and the shepherd. Philosophy at that time was not generally seen as a difficult academic discipline, as it is today. Rather, the philosopher was someone … Continue reading

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To be a “pilgrim” (status viatoris)

“Viator means wanderer, walker, wayfarer, pilgrim. The last term has acquired a special meaning and became a familiar part of religious parlance. We speak of the “pilgrimage” of this earthly life. This is a perfectly honorable and legitimate use of … Continue reading

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“prime trustfulness” and love

… our own existence in fact testifies to nothing less than our being loved by the Creator. What this can specifically mean for man’s relationship to the cosmos is movingly expressed by a remarkable, little-known writer with somewhat old-fashioned solemnity, … Continue reading

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Fear of the Lord, trust, and hope

“Paschasius Radbertus comments with an appositeness we can but admire: “Holy fear guards the summit of hope.” In Holy Scripture (Ps 115:11), the same thought is expressed in language that is at once simple and elegant: ‘They who fear the … Continue reading

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The Fear of the Lord and Hope

“Fear of the Lord and the theological virtue of hope are naturally ordered to one another; they complement one another” (Josef Pieper, Faith, Hope, Love, p. 137).

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