Faith, not fatalism

“Add Christian hope, born of faith, to the inevitability of death and the entire horizon of human experience is changed. Christian hope does not prevent death. Christian hope does not even delay death. But because Christian hope is hope in eternal life, it changes completely the way we are able to live here and now. Our hope for what is to come liberates us from the need to cling too dearly to life. Hope allows us to pay out our lives generously and without fear…

This is the heart of the Good News: Hope, born of faith, frees us for love.”

Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, March 29, 2022; https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2022/03/29/hope-and-dying/

I tried (unsuccessively) to explain my sense of faith versus fatalism to a friend a while back. This accomplishes what I intended in just a few words, confirming the old adage that If I’d had more time I would have used fewer words; and its correlary, if I’d understood my subject better I could have explained it more simply.

How broken must we become

How broken must we all become, Holy Lord,
Before we turn our eyes to You? You allow separation and division to prevail all around us and throughout our world.

The plagues of our time, physical and spiritual, they multiply daily. Covid surely, but so too the desecration of Your churches, the corruption of Your priests, evil distorting all the beauty of Your truth here on earth.

Satan’s bright lines of division—-
Between lovers of life and brokers of death,
Between parents and children,
Maskers and anti-maskers,
Vaxers and anti-vaxers,
God and His humans—-
Drive wedges between us, whose caustic smoke dissolves the loving ties that bind.

Yet, where you are, there is hope—Isn’t there, Father? Small Catholic communities, in the way of Benedict, possibly? Forming to pray and support one another and our relationships with You.

Bless these gatherings, Father. Use them to conform us to Your Will, to heal us, to lead us, more and more to Your purposes.