|PALM SPRINGS AT DUSK|
A couple of posts ago, musing about the ramifications of the Incarnation, I wondered whether, since so much of our life consists of waiting in anxiety, God waits, too.
Yesterday I opened the January Magnificat to find an essay by Anthony Esolen entitled "Who Is the Seeker?"
"To what, in the divine life of God," Esolen writes, "does our virtue of hope correspond? It cannot be that God hopes for what he does not have, since he possesses all things. Unless we consider that God has, in his love for us, allowed us to love him freely in turn, and when we fall from that love, when we wander from the fold, God himself submits to the longing to bring us homeward. So [Charles] Péguy [in The Portal to the Mystery of Hope] says of the lost sheep, 'He caused the very heart of God to tremble with the shudder of worry and with the shudder of hope.'
|I HAVE AN ESSAY IN THIS MONTH'S MAGNIFICAT, TOO:|
ON THE EPIPHANY,
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