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Hope completes Faith

 

If I do not hope in His love for me, I will never really know Christ. I hear of Him by faith. But I do not achieve the contact that knows Him, and thereby knows the Father in Him, until my faith in Him is completed by hope and charity: hope that grasps His love for me and charity that pays Him the return of love I owe.

— Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope

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Faith without hope
is light without sight
warmth too far away to feel
music that can’t be heard
over the dry, drafty doctrine
that being correct is a higher calling
than simply being loved.

dw

p.s. I’ve written about this before with similar sentiment. I wish I had learned this lesson much earlier in my life.

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5 replies on “Hope completes Faith”

Hi Pam, Merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope all is well with you.

A few weeks back I promised to recommend another Flannery O’Conner story…finally following up on that: one of my favorites is “Revelation”.

Grace and peace to you…

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Happy New Year to you, Pam! Thank you so much for your friendship and encouragement, a blessing to me. Grace and peace to you in 2020; I look forward to continuing to enjoy and learn from your posts!

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