A Little Hope

A LITTLE HOPE

I AM, God says, Master of the Three Virtues. Faith is a loyal wife. Charity is a fervent mother. But hope is a very little girl. I am, God says, the Master of the Virtues. It is Faith who holds fast through century upon century. It is Charity who gives herself through centuries of centuries, But it is my little hope Who gets up every morning. Says good-day to us… I am, God says, the Lord of the Virtues. It is Faith who resists through century upon century. It is Charity who yields through century upon century. But it is my little hope Who every morning Says good-day to us… It is my little hope who goes to sleep every evening, In her child’s bed, after having said a good prayer, and who wakes every morning and gets up and says her prayers with new attention. You believe that children know nothing, And that parents and grown-up people know something, Well, I tell you it is the contrary (It is always the contrary). 18

It is the parents, it is the grown-up people who know nothing. And it is the children who know Everything. For they know first innocence, Which is everything The world is always inside out, God says. And in the contrary sense. Happy is he who remains like a child And who like a child keeps His first innocence…

 

Keeping Quiet

KEEPING QUIET

Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on— the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for a second, and not move our arms so much. It would be an exotic moment without rush, without engines; we would all be together in a sudden strangeness. Fishermen in the cold sea would not harm whales and the man gathe

What I want should not be confused with total inactivity. Life is what it is about… If we were not so single-minded about keeping our lives moving, and for once could do nothing, perhaps a huge silence might interrupt this sadness of never understanding ourselves and of threatening ourselves with death. Now I’ll count up to twelve and you keep quiet and I will go.ring salt would not look at his hurt hands. Those who prepare green wars, wars with gas, wars with fire, victories with no survivors, would put on clean clothes and walk about with their brothers in the shade, doing nothing.

 

 

POPE TO CATHOLIC ACADEMIA: BE BOTH

BY TOM HOOPES

There are three possible approaches to Catholic higher education. One is to retreat from the world, and be “just Catholic.” Another is to retreat from the Church and be “just a university.” The third is the hardest:  to fully engage the world with the fullness of the faith.

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http://www.catholicvote.org/pope-to-catholic-academia-be-both/