The desert is the home of despair. And despair, now, is
everywhere. Let us not think that our interior solitude consists
in the acceptance of defeat. We cannot escape anything by
consenting tacitly to be defeated. Despair is an abyss without
bottom. Do not think to close it by consenting to it and trying to
forget you have consented.
This, then, is our desert: to live facing despair, but not to
consent. To trample it down under hope in the Cross. To wage
war against despair unceasingly. That war is our wilderness. If we
wage it courageously, we will find Christ at our side. If we cannot
face it, we will never find Him.
Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. ~Jesus
This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith. ~ John the beloved