Hope With Patience

“Hope, like charity, has its seat, not in the intellect, but in the will. The will has two acts: the first is to take pleasure in the good it sees, and the second to pursue it with earnestness and confidence. In the same way as faith communicates to our reason a supernatural power of understanding, the infused virtue of hope endows our will with a Divine power and a supernatural confidence, that it may actively pursue and securely attain the highest and infinite good to which nothing created can attain. Hope lifts us above all creatures in order to rest in God alone. It is the source of our confidence of possessing God, the highest supernatural good, for all eternity.”

“St. Paul has been called the Apostle of Divine grace; and, as grace is the foundation of hope, he more than any of the sacred writers has made holy hope the subject of his discourse. In his Epistle to the Romans he goes at length into the grounds we have for hope.” Therein the Apostle writes: “Being justified therefore by faith, let us have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access through faith into this grace, wherein we stand and glory in the hope of the glory of the sons of God. And not only so, but we glory also in tribulations, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience trial, and trial hope. And hope confoundeth not, because the charity of God is poured forth in our hearts by the Holy Ghost who is given us.” (Rom 5:1-5) And again: “We are saved by hope. But hope that is seen, is not hope. For what a man seeth, why doth he hope for? But if we hope for that which we see not, we wait for it with patience.” (Rom 8:24-25)

“What can we add to these sublime words, except that they are given to us not only to be admired, but to be deeply pondered over, so that with the help of Divine grace they may give rise to the spirit of child-like confidence in God, which more than any other dispositions makes our soul pleasing to Him. For, as a great Saint has said, ‘The measure of our loving confidence in God is the measure of His mercies to us.'”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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