“We are flesh and blood and bone.  There are those for whom this reality is not a homecoming but a matter of day to day survival.  Mystics and monastics pray on embodied behalf of those who can’t.  In a century of staggering open questions, hope becomes a calling for those of us who can hold it, for the sake of the world.  Hope is distinct in my mind, from optimism or idealism.  It has nothing to do with wishing.  It references reality at every turn and reveres truth.  It lives open eyed and wholehearted with the darkness that is woven ineluctably into the light of life and sometimes seems to overcome it.  Hope, like every virtue, is a choice that becomes a practice that becomes spiritual muscle memory.  It’s a renewable resource for moving through life as it is, not as we wish it to be.”

– krista Tippett


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