Faith, Hope and Love

I'm listening to an audio book of On the Love of God by Francis de Sales. I always like to have something to listen to while mowing the grass, and, well, 'tis the season for grass mowing. He gives a great allegorical interpretation of the Israelites in the wilderness.
"Faith points out the way to the land of promise as a pillar of cloud and of fire, that is, light and dark; hope feeds us with its manna of sweetness, but charity actually introduces us into it, as the Ark of alliance, which makes for us the passage of the Jordan, that is, of the judgment, and which shall remain amidst the people in the heavenly land promised to the true Israelites, where neither the pillar of faith serves as guide nor the manna of hope is used as food."

-from On the Love of God by Francis de Sales, Book 1 Chapter 6

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