Fr. Robert Johansen: Waiting in Hope

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By Fr. Robert Johansen, Crisis Magazine, December 25, 2018

I hope I get a Nintendo Switch for Christmas… I hope I get a hoverboard… I hope I get an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle…

When I was a boy, about nine or 10 years old, my sister and I longed for and hoped to get a horse. Our family had recently moved out to the country, we had a fairly large plot of land, and a couple of neighbors had horses of their own. My mother and father, either in a surfeit of parental indulgence or some rarely-equaled flight of domestic fancy, actually seriously entertained the idea: we visited stables, looked at and rode various horses, and my father drew up plans to build a small barn on our property. The longings of my sister and I were raised to something close to fever pitch.

We did not get a horse.

My sister and I were disappointed, indeed, even crushed for a time. But though I was disappointed, in my mind I had to admit that I was not completely surprised. In spite of the fervency of my longings, deep down I knew that getting a horse really was a long shot. It was a bit too much to hope for….Read entire article, go to: