i’ve realized that my hope boils down to six simple words: I KNOW MY REDEEMER LIVES. simple enough words (job 19:45) but they give me so much hope. i KNOW that He is with me. i KNOW that He will pull me through. i KNOW that i am saved by grace. i also was reflecting today on the most beautiful people i know and i’ve figured out that it is my friend veronica. she would be amazed to know that i think of her this way but she has just so much inner beauty. she is very traditionally catholic and she is religious in a way that really mirrors a complete love for others and love for God. she’s in anaheim this weekend for the catholic educators conference and when i talked to her today, she was just overflowing with joy. i rarely see such joy and it blessed me so richly.