Sunday, June 11, 2023

Spiritual Quote of the Day (Yves Congar, on ‘The Patient Sower’ as the Person of Hope)

“I have often thought of the words of Saint Paul: ’Patience breeds hope’ (Romans 5:4). One would have thought that it was just the reverse, that a man could wait patiently because he had hope in his heart. In a certain sense this is true, but the order in which Saint Paul puts it reveals a more profound truth. Those who do not know how to suffer, do not know how to hope either. People who are in too much of a hurry, who wish to grasp the object of their desires immediately, are also incapable of it. The patient sower, who entrusts his seed to the earth and the sun, is also the man of hope.”— French Dominican friar, priest, and theologian Yves Congar (1904-1995), Dialogue Between Christians, translated by Philip Loretz, S.A. (1966)

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