We all like to collect things. My brother likes action figures. My mom has an entire closet filled with handbags and purses. I like collecting postcards and things that have some kind of memory behind them. However, the things we collect are just that. Things. As much as love as we give to these things, they will eventually go away.
But God’s love for us? Jesus’s infinite mercy? A new life in Heaven? These things will last forever. It’s these things that keep us through the good times and the bad. It’s what gave hope to the martyrs of the church, like St. Joan of Arc and St. Maximilian Kolbe.