July 17, 2017
The power of love is hope, because by it we await the reward of love.
Hope is a wealth of hidden riches.
Hope is a treasure of assurance of the treasure in store for us.
It is a rest from labors; it is the door of love; it is the annulment of despair; it is an image of what is absent.
The failing of hope is the disappearance of love. Toils are bound by it. Labors depend on it. Mercy encircles it.
Experience of the Lord’s gift engenders hope; he who is without experience remains in doubt.
Anger destroys hope, because “hope does not disappoint” (Rom. 5:5), but “an angry man is not noble” (Prov.15:25).
St. John of Sinai,
Archim. Lazarus Moore
Harper & Brothers, 1959, p.129