Catholic Dictionary

Despair

The deliberate and willful abandoning of hope in God and trust in His providence. It offends against hope as well as faith and charity. To despair is an implicit denial of God's goodness and intervention in creation. This vice cripples one's willingness to love God and to serve Him and others, paralyzing any desire to better a given situation. Despair is not the same as fear and anxiety, which may result from illness, trauma, etc.

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