The Heart of the Matter

Below is part of a page in a book called: ‘Yes, And…’ by Fr. Richard Rohr. 


I also wanted to add this excerpt from a poem by John Keats called: “To Hope” to this post. I just came across it and it is exactly what I need to to be reading right now.

The phrasing sounds a bit fancy perhaps (ah, well- it is from my beloved Romantic Era after all! And, just as I was reading the words ‘visage bright’, the sun happened to set right over my face through the window, transforming that moment all of a sudden into ‘A Moment’…which shows you my own sentimental tendencies 🙂 )

Anyway: I am struck by the truth of how Disappointment is often linked with Despair. Then…there is Hope. Not the same as Expectations, because they are often the  cause of our disappointment. And not a false hope, either. 

– Saskia

To Hope (excerpt) by John Keats

‘Should Disappointment, parent of Despair,

Strive for her son to seize my careless heart;

When, like a cloud, he sits upon the air,

Preparing on his spell-bound prey to dart:

Chase him away, sweet Hope, with visage bright,

And fright him as the morning frightens night’

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