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By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine, July 6, 2024

Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned a licentiate and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. …

For all the turmoil of the times in which we live, our lives nevertheless remain secure because they are filled with the expectation that God has already gone to prepare a place for us.

Regis MartinFor those of us fortunate enough to be annealed in hope, our horizons shaped by the Event of Jesus Christ, the situation we face can be stated quite simply. That for all the turmoil of the times in which we live, from a collapsing culture to a politics poisoned by hate, our lives nevertheless remain secure—entirely serene even—because they are filled with the expectation that God has already gone to prepare a place for us. We need not fear, therefore, anything along the way.

This is because we believe, as Catholics, that the longings we have for the joy of an eternal companionship with Christ, not leaving behind those we have loved and lost on the way, has in some deeply mysterious way already begun. In other words, the Great Epiphany we await in hope is one whose lineaments, however fragmentary or inchoate they may appear at the moment, are in our midst even now. ….

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