The Benedictine Center at St. Paul Monastery just posted part 2 of my two-part reflection on hope. The reflection was drawn from an evening program I gave at the Benedictine Center last week, which referenced here.
The reflection posted today spoke about what sharing our Christian hope might look like in today’s world.
One of the points I made in part 2 is that conveying our Christian hope means we cannot allow ourselves to be demoralized by the brokenness of the world around us. I quoted Henri Nouwen, who wrote
Cynics seek darkness wherever they go. They point always to approaching dangers, impure motives, and hidden schemes. They sneer at enthusiasm, ridicule spiritual fervor, and despise charismatic behavior. People who have come to know the joy of God do not deny the darkness, but they choose not to live in it. They claim that the light that shines in the darkness can be trusted more than the darkness itself and that a little bit of light can dispel a lot of darkness. They point each other to flashes of light here and there, and remind each other that they reveal the hidden but real presence of God.
That is what we do – we walk in a broken world pointing to the flashes of light that reveal the hidden but real presence of God.
You can read the entirety of my reflection on the Benedictine Center’s site here.