Today is the second day in our mini cyber-retreat. I will be reflecting on the Theological Virtue of Hope. Please join me in prayer and contemplation.
Day 2 – Hope
“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, 1817).”
“The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order them to the Kingdom of Heaven; it keeps man from abandonment; it opens up his heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows from charity (CCC, 1818).”
Hope has been traditionally symbolized as an anchor. Like an anchor, hope gives us something to which to tether our lives when the storms of life roughen. Hope enables us to keep faith, even when the world seems to be crashing down around us or when our course becomes uncharted and we cannot locate the safety of the harbor. While hope doesn’t take away the storm or fog, it nevertheless gives us the courage, strength and aspiration to make it to the other side safely.
Please grant unto us hope. There are many obstacles and the storm rages fiercely around us, help us to drop anchor in the harbor – which is your Sacred Heart – until the squalls subside. We know that with you at the helm, the ship will not go down. When we once again do get underway, help us, guide us through the uncharted course until we at last reach the eternal port of Heaven. Amen.