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.

Precious love

Holy Spirit, that perfect love between God, our Father, and Jesus, His fully human, fully divine Son.

A love in which the child adores, trusts implicitly, honors and obeys the Father,
While the Father cherishes His Child with affection
So sweet,
So precious,
Filled with protection and guidance,
Support and loving correction.

As we watch from a distance,
The Father’s and Child’s eyes meet.
He seals his love with a kiss on the Son’s forehead.
The Son wraps His little fingers around His Father’s finger,
Shuts His eyes, falling into an innocent, trusting sleep.

And in a deep shared sigh,
Father and Son release their collective breath,
The Son, warm and secure in the Father’s arms.
The Father, relaxed, confident, at peace,
Even as he is forever more at watch over the Son.

Fill us today, Holy Lord, with Your loving Spirit.