All those having firm hope in God are raised to
Him and enlightened with the radiance of eternal light.
If a person does not have superfluous care for
himself, out of his love for God and for virtuous deeds, and knows that God
will take care of him, then this hope is true and wise. But if a person places
all his hope in his works, and turns to God in prayer only when unforeseen
misfortunes befall him, then he, seeing that he lacks the means of averting
them in his own abilities, begins to hope for help from God -- but such a hope
is trivial and false. True hope seeks the one Kingdom of God and is sure that
everything necessary for this mortal life will surely be given. The heart
cannot have peace until it acquires this hope. This hope pacifies it fully and
brings joy to it. The most holy lips of the Saviour spoke about this very hope:
"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give
you rest" (Mt. 11:28).
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