“And where sin abounded, grace did more abound.” D-RV, Romans 5:20 —
“Thank you for this word of hope & trust in God, Mr. Kennedy. IMHO, despair is presumption & sin, claiming to know ahead of time how it all works out, to see inward secrets (false gnosis) that “Prove” it’s all going into the dumpster. That is, despair claims to know all of God’s works, secret counsels, providence, saving will, prevenient, present, and following graces. Despair claims to know God’s will better than God Himself does.
Such despair– in countless ages of the Church– would have counselled that It’s All Over, as if Christ’s dying words form the cross “It is accomplished” was a giving up, rather than a realization and statement of utter victory. Thus:
“These things I have spoken to you,
that in Me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation;
but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
(St. John 16:33)