The answer to that question is going to be prompted by the things you do repeatedly, because those things determine your character, destiny, and your outlook or perspective on life.
Before you can believe in something, you have to know what it is. So, let’s take a look at hope in terms of what the Church says it is.
“Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1817)
Pope Francis – About Hope
In his Catechesis on Hope, actually a series of General Audiences, Pope Francis offers a wonderful explanation on hope. As he reflects on Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians, he writes:
Paul, before the fears and perplexity of the community, urges it to wear firmly on the head like a helmet, “the hope of salvation”, especially in the trials and most difficult times of our life. It is a helmet. This is what Christian hope is.
When we speak about hope we can be led to interpret it according to the common meaning of the term, that is, in reference to something beautiful that we desire, but which may or may not be attained. We hope it will happen; it is as a desire. People say, for example: “I hope there will be good weather tomorrow!”; but we know that there might be bad weather the following day…. Christian hope is not like this. Christian hope is the expectation of something that has already been fulfilled; the door is there, and I hope to reach the door.
What do I have to do? Walk toward the door! I am certain that I will reach the door. This is how Christian hope is: having the certainty that I am walking toward something that is, not something that I hope may be.
…Our resurrection too, and that of our departed loved ones, therefore, is not something that may or may not happen, but is a certain reality, because it is rooted in the event of Christ’s Resurrection. Thus, to hope means to learn how to live in expectation. Learn how to live in expectation and find life.
(Catechesis on Hope; The helmet of hope, 1 Thes. 5: 4-11)
Hope Brings Blessings To You And Those Around You
Recently we interviewed a woman who had been on an international pilgrimage with Pilgrim Center of Hope. She not only believes in hope, but she also received special blessings as a result of that hope.
Terri Espinoza – Holy Land Pilgrimage
Hope and the sense of God’s love is what Terri Espinoza experienced while visiting all the holy sites where Jesus Christ actually walked and lived. Holding back tears, Terri said, “How grateful to have a merciful Jesus, who through his suffering, gives us everlasting life, and to think that because of his death, there will be a reunion with our loved ones we have already sent off to heaven.
Terri went on to say, “He lives in our daily lives, if we just open our lives to him, and make him part of our daily lives. He is there waiting. When we do (let Him in) we have less anxiety and life is more peaceful”.
Those that live lives of deep faith, hope and trust in God’s mercy, know and believe that if we remain in Him, whatever we ask of Him, He shall grant. (cf. John 15: 1-8)
Whether you are in search of hope or wish to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ, Pilgrim Center of Hope is here for you. Our mission: Answering Christ’s call, we guide people to encounter Him as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life.
Please explore our website to learn about the various ways this ministry can serve you and especially those you know who may be in need of hope.
Hope Makes All the Difference
Imagine being an abused wife, being widowed after a tragedy, and losing your only two sons to illness. That’s exactly what happened to St. Rita of Cascia. Yet in spite of and in the midst of all these trials, Rita managed to maintain hope and trust in God’s mercy. Throughout her life St. Rita prayed regularly and developed a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Today she is recognized as the patron of lost and impossible causes.
You are invited to share in a Day & Evening of Hope, happening on May 10th at Pilgrim Center of Hope. Spiritual activities include morning Mass, St. Rita of Cascia; her story & relic presentation, plus a presentation on hope (click on the link above for the full schedule).