… perfect hope is achieved on the brink of despair when, of falling over the edge, we find ourselves walking on the air.

Thomas Merton, in No Man is an Island

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Merton is absolutely right on target.  Trials are blessings for in them God’s perfect presence appears when we need sustenance for the infirmities of life.

Be not afraid.  Believe.

Hope beats despair every time – if you believe.