1.6.4 Hope in Despair
When persecution strikes and when physical and emotional pain becomes unbearable, it is very easy even for the strongest Christians to lose heart and to fall into despair. In moments like these we learn to depend on the help and encouragement of the community of faith.
All down the centuries, the faithful have been able to use different means in order to overcome the hopelessness brought about by such painful experiences. Thus suffering has often been sublimated into beautiful poetry and music, profound prayers, and special acts of commitment and service to other people in need.