I have had a wonderful, restful weekend.
I’ve enjoyed walking in the woods with my husband,
a lovely, late breakfast of crêpes,
And quiet time re-reading Pope Benedict’s “Spe Salvi.”
“Saved in Hope” is most appropriate for me right now because I have been aware of my great need for hope. It is funny, I naturally tend to think of hope as something which people simply have. Love is a virtue which one cultivates, but hope? Of course hope it is a virtue as well, and the obvious sister of faith, but somehow I forget quickly.
This particular encyclical1 is hard for me to get into, and I wish the translators cared more about style. Thankfully the concepts ultimately conveyed are great.
Pope Benedict describes eternity as “the supreme moment of satisfaction” which is like “plunging into the ocean of infinite love, a moment in which time–the before and after–no longer exists.” He continues to say that “we can only attempt to grasp the idea that such a moment is life in the full sense, a plunging ever anew into the vastness of being, in which we are simply overwhelmed with joy.”
I love the fact that being “overwhelmed with joy” is not only a wonderful concept, Pope Benedict describes it as something we can only attempt to grasp. “Attempting to grasp” is enough of a task for me!
1. Just a fancy name for one of the ways that the Pope teaches. Basically a long letter to Catholics.
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