Hope and Faith

From Br. Joseph —

Hope keeps faith alive, and faith rekindles hope when all seems lost.

At one point in Hannah Hurnard’s allegorical book of the spiritual journey, “Hind’s Feet on High Places”, the protagonist is having a particularly tough time. The Shepherd, an obvious symbol for Christ, says to her:

Don’t you know by now, that I never think of you as you are now, but as you will be when I have brought you to the Kingdom of Love, and washed you from all the stains and defilements of the journey? When I come along behind you and notice that you are finding the way especially difficult, and are suffering from slips and falls, it only makes me think of what you will be like when you are with me leaping and skipping on the High Places.

The title of the book (and this quote) reference Scripture.

The Lord God is my strength,
and he will make my feet like hind’s feet,
and he will make me walk upon mine high places.
(Habakkuk 3:19)

A hind is a female deer. (A hart is a male deer.) The verse refers to the symbol of deer because they are sure-footed as they bound and leap with ease among the rocks and crags on the high places of the mountains.

We too will be made sure-footed someday and leap with ease in heaven with Christ.

Behold, I make all things new.
(Revelation 21:5)

Keep hope alive. Dare to move faith to trust.

Our Lady of Mercy, pray for us…