"Happiness in this world consists in the hopes we foster.  Little children are happy in the vivid hopes that animate them.  Ours should be the hope of the saints, springing from the infallible promises of heaven, and imbued with the appreciation of the contrast between the eternal and the temporal." 

For someone not deemed knowledgeable enough to preach, Fr. Casey said some very wise and wonderful things!  Think of a small child, hoping for a beautiful day to play outside or for a special birthday celebration.  Imagine their joy in that hope.  Jesus himself told us that we must become like children to receive the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3), and joyful anticipation is a key element of a child's nature. 

Often when life hits us in the gut, when we feel lost, abandoned or disheartened, we need to remember that we have that hope:  "...we exult in hope of the glory of God. And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

As human beings we may have bad days, but as Christians we should never feel hopeless!  Even our trials can give us confidence for the future, for our hope lies in Jesus Christ.

Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!