Mark Shea on Hope

I leave the judging up to God and believe (along with von Balthasar) that we are commanded to hope (not know) that the judgment will be favorable, since (unlike both Universalists and Calvinists) I do not have the hubris to claim I know the end of the story. Only God knows the end. We puny humans who are under, not over, judgment, are taught to hope, not to arrogantly claim to know. And the twin enemies of Hope are presumption (a.k.a. Universalism) and despair (a.k.a. Calvinism)... So I pray, with St. Joan of Arc, "If I am not in a state of grace I pray God put me there, and if I am in a state of grace I pray God keep me there."

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