Daily Courage

Daily courage is the kind that takes us most strongly unawares. For in all things, God be glorified, one must endure in patience, participate in patience in the sufferings of Christ, without stepping over into the future which belongs only to God. There is hope only when one accepts not to see the future. Think of the gift of manna in the desert. It came every day, but one couldn’t keep it for the next day. Wanting to imagine the future, is making hope into fiction. As soon as we think of the future, we are thinking of it as the past. We don’t have God’s imagination. Tomorrow will be something else. We cannot imagine it.

Christian de Chergé - March 1996, less than 3 weeks before being kidnapped with six of his brothers at Thibérine in Algeria