Commonplace Book #146

The object of the theological, “supernatural” hope of the Christian must not be conceived as something wholly divorced from human existence in this world. To be sure, it lies “beyond” the boundary of death, which, both in the personal history and the individual and in the universal history of mankind, separates man from his own perfection. Nevertheless, on the practical level, this object of supernatural hope is closely bound up with those images of hope which play a role in the life of the natural man; moreover, it also affects his actual conduct within the sphere of history. When apocalyptic prophecy speaks of the resurrection of the body and of the “New Earth,” it is in fact telling us that not one iota, not one jot or tittle of everything in this life which was good and right, just, true, beautiful, fine, and salutary will ever be lost.

Josef Pieper, “The Art of Not Yielding to Despair.”