Supernatural hope is the virtue that strips us of all things in order to give us possession of all things.
— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope
We’ve had a theme of sorts running for a good bit of this year on Thomas Merton’s reflections on what love is and isn’t. We’ll be switching now to the topic of hope. As we’ll see, hope may not be anything like we’d expect it to be, today’s quote being a jarring example. Merton will push us to examine our hearts in ways that maybe we haven’t before:
- What do we hope for?
- What do we hope in?
- What does this mean for our soul?
- What does hope that is good for us look like, feel like?
- What does it accomplish in us and in God’s kingdom?
- Do we have reason to hope for this kind of hope?
I sincerely hope this series is something you can connect with, something that speaks to you where you are and challenges you and gives you maybe a hope that’s been missing for awhile or maybe that you can’t remember ever having before.
Grace and peace…and hope…to you…
p.s. Here’s a listing of some past posts on the topic of Love:
- Love that isn’t
- Without my love
- Loving well
- Love finds truth
- First love the truth
- A plan of sheer goodness
- The Soul Behind My Sin