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My post from last year is here
and I repost this link to a video of Fr Matthew Kelty (sadly no longer with us), reading Merton's famous prayer...
"The certainty of Christian hope lies beyond passion and beyond knowledge.
Therefore we must sometimes expect our hope to come in conflict with darkness, desperation and ignorance.
Therefore, too, we must remember that Christian optimism is not a perpetual sense of euphoria, an indefectible comfort in whose presence neither anguish nor tragedy can possibly exist.
We must not strive to maintain a climate of optimism by the mere suppression of tragic realities.
Christian optimism lies in a hope of victory that transcends all tragedy: a victory in which we pass beyond tragedy to glory with Christ crucified and risen."
-Thomas Merton (Advent: Hope or Delusion?)