Deacon Paul Anel, Art Director of Heart’s Home USA, will give two Advent talks on Dec. 3rd (in French, Westchester) and Dec. 4th (in English, Manhattan) on the theme “Time of Despair, Time of Hope”.
Our time is one of great despair - maybe like never before. Financial collapsing of our society, ecological threats upon the whole of humanity, and the contemporary artistic emptiness and anxiety bear witness to a profound feeling of insecurity. The future seems to have no promises left - just a dreadful wait for the next disaster. In that context, what good is the Christian Hope? Is Christmas anything else than a fairy tale, Hope anything more than a romantic - and abstract - get-away from reality? What true response the Christian Hope has to offer in answer to our desire for life, true life?
"We want life itself, true life, untouched even by death; yet at the same time we do not know the thing towards which we feel driven. We cannot stop reaching out for it, and yet we know that all we can experience or accomplish is not what we yearn for. This unknown “thing” is the true “hope” which drives us, and at the same time the fact that it is unknown is the cause of all forms of despair and also of all efforts, whether positive or destructive, directed towards worldly authenticity and human authenticity." (Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi)