From the Catechism: The Virtue of Hope

Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:5

One of the three theological virtues along with faith and charity, hope enables us to “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” (CCC1817).

Hope responds to our innate desire for happiness. God has placed this desire in the heart of every person. Hope “inspires men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discouragement; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness…” (CCC 1818).

Hope lifts our gaze toward heaven. “The beatitudes raise our hope toward heaven as the new Promised Land; they trace the path that leads through the trials that await the disciples of Jesus. But through the merits of Jesus Christ and of his Passion, God keeps us in the ‘hope that does not disappoint.'” Hope is the anchor of the soul and “a weapon that protects us in the struggle of salvation…It affords us joy even under trial… Hope is expressed and nourished in prayer, especially in the Our Father, the summary of everything that hope leads us to desire” (CCC 1820).

Hope leads to perseverance. “In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace fo God, to persevere ‘to the end’ and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God’s eternal reward for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ” (CCC 1821).

 

 

 

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