Quadrupani on Hope

Saint Peter Attempting to Walk on Water by François Boucher

Padre Quadrupani in Chapter Nine of his treatise argues that “the weakness of our souls is often attributable to lukewarmness in regard to the Christian virtue of hope.”

Hence, he offers the following advice: “Hold fast to this great truth: he who hopes for nothing will obtain nothing; he who hopes for little will obtain little; he who hopes for all things will obtain all things.” And again, “To aspire to the noblest and highest ends gives firmness and perseverance to the soul.”

Putting sin in perspective, he writes: “The mercy of God is infinitely greater than all the sins of the world. We should not, then, confine ourselves to a consideration of our own wretchedness, but rather turn our thoughts to the contemplation of this divine attribute of mercy.”

On human frailty, he adds this: “Assuredly our faults are displeasing to God, but He does not on their account cease to cherish our souls. A good mother is afflicted at the natural defects and infirmities of her child, but she loves him none the less, nor does she refuse him her compassion or her aid. Far from it; for the more miserable and suffering and deformed he may be the greater is her tenderness and solicitude for him.”

In the Epistle to the Hebrews, we read that we have “a good and indulgent High Priest who knows how to compassionate our weakness, Jesus Christ, who has been pleased to become at once our Brother and our Mediator.” And St. Peter wrote, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Pet 5:6-7)

Quotations from Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani, Light and Peace: Instructions for Devout Souls to Dispel Their Doubts and Allay Their Fears (St. Louis: B. Herder, 1898).

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