Hope — 3 Comments

  1. This song of Longfellow’s, in a slightly different form, was a tremendous comfort to me when I was a child… especially that final verse. I like how Father Paul really faces suffering in this sermon and speaks to it.

  2. Scholars tell us that the Civil War radically changed the American culture’s view of death. Longfellow clung to his hope, but the losses and experiences from that terrible conflict also gave us Ambrose Bierce. The remarkable message in Fr. Paul’s account of the dire conditions in Ojinaga is not a sort of abstract, pie-in-the-sky hope but the good news that we can be and are part of that hope, that we, together, are given the capacities and resources to respond to the desperate events & suffering in the state of Chihuahua.