Not forgetting what we were, weshall not despair of those who now are what we were.Or: If we do not forget what we were, we shall not despair of those who now are what we were.(Augustine, Enar. in Ps 50, 24; PL 36, 599 )Non obliviscentes quid fuerimus, non desperabimus de his qui nunc sunt quod fuimus.
Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.