Pages on Hope

For any who struggle to hope
I offer these thoughts
I found along the way
Grace and peace to you…dw

The same, in list form…

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 […]

Never really alone

  So in the room called Remember it is possible to find peace – the peace that comes from looking back and remembering to remember that though most of the time we failed to see it, we were never really alone. Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, “A Room Called Remember” […]

This is what we pray for

  Hope seeks not only God in Himself, not only the means to reach Him, but it seeks, finally and beyond all else, God’s glory revealed in ourselves. This will be the final manifestation of His infinite mercy, and this is what we pray for when we say “Thy Kingdom come.” — Thomas Merton, No […]

We are the ones

  The very essence of hope is freely to expect all the graces necessary for salvation as free gifts from God. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope Freely to expect – when was the last time I was free to expect anything at all when some sort of pain or […]

Up to its knees in the past

  Then at last we see what hope is and where it comes from, hope as the driving power and outermost edge of faith. Hope stands up to its knees in the past and keeps its eyes on the future…shall is the verb of hope. Frederick Buechner, Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons, […]

The God of those who can hope

  Those who abandon everything in order to seek God know well that He is the God of the poor…the supreme expression of His justice is to forgive those whom no one else would ever have forgiven. That is why He is, above all, the God of those who can hope where there is no […]

I cannot be humble

  I cannot be humble unless I first know that I am good, and know that what is good in me is not my own, and know how easy it is for me to substitute an evil of my own choice for the good that is God’s gift to me. — Thomas Merton, No Man […]

They cannot hope in God

  The devil believes in God but he has no God. The Lord is not his God…the damned have confirmed themselves in the belief that they cannot hope in God. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope I spent many years believing in God, but not hoping in him. Oh, doctrinally, […]

The liberty of the universe

  Upon our hope, therefore, depends the liberty of the whole universe. Because our hope is the pledge of a new heaven and a new earth, in which all things will be what they were meant to be. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope If my hope Is the toe […]

Perfect freedom

  Freedom is perfect when no other love can impede our desire to love God. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope From John’s gospel, Chapter 8: 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 […]

Locking ourselves in prison

  It would be a sin to place any limit upon our hope in God. We must love Him without measure. All sin is rooted in the failure of love. All sin is a withdrawal of love from God, in order to love something else. Sin sets boundaries to our hope, and locks our love […]

Infallibly fulfilled

  All desires but one can fail. The only desire that is infallibly fulfilled is the desire to be loved by God. We cannot desire this efficaciously without at the same time desiring to love Him, and the desire to love Him is a desire that cannot fail. Merely by desiring to love Him, we […]

Never confounded

  Better than hoping for anything from the Lord, besides His love, let us place all our hope in His love itself. This hope is as sure as God Himself. It can never be confounded. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope It doesn’t matter what we do, you and I, […]

Loving God

  If I believe that He can love me, I must also believe that I can love Him. If I do not believe I can love Him, then I do not believe Him Who gave us the first commandment: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and thy whole mind and […]

Possessing God

  So the soul that hopes in God already belongs to Him, and to belong to Him is the same as to possess Him, since He gives Himself completely to those who give themselves to Him. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope We began this series on Hope with Thomas […]

It will find us

From Frederick Buechner’s sermon “Message in the Stars”

Faith without hope

  Without hope, our faith gives us only an acquaintance with God.  Without love and hope, faith only knows Him as a stranger. For hope casts us into the arms of His mercy and of His providence. If we hope in Him, we will not only come to know that He is merciful but we […]

Empty hands

  Hope empties our hands in order that we may work with them. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope God in heaven, fill my heart to empty my hands for you and yours. dw p.s. Here are some related posts: So many coats – Mary Oliver Frederick Buechner – A […]

Hope deprives us

  Hope deprives us of everything that is not God, in order that all things may serve their true purpose as means to bring us to God. — Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island, Sentences on Hope What is this hope that dashes all hopes, yet is the only sure remedy for hopelessness? An […]

Sentences on hope

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. […]