Assignment Envision one way in which you would like to see a change: • In your personal life • In a community to which you belong (school, family, church, etc) • Society in general • Describe actions you might take to help bring about those changes
Hope A Virtue of Responsibility
Hope • Hope means having the vision to see things differently from the way they are and becoming involved to help bring about changes. • The theological virtue by which we desire and help to bring about the “kingdom of heaven” on earth and eternal life as our happiness trusting in Jesus’ promises
Hope As a “theological virtue” hope implies an active response in cooperation with God’s graces. It is tied to a certain responsibility and action on our part.
Hope Keeps us from discouragement
Hope Sustains us during time when we feel abandoned
Hope • Opens up our hearts in expectation of eternal beatitude (and all the beatitudes) • Hope keeps us from selfishness and leads us to the happiness that flows from charity • Gives us joy even when we are experiencing difficult trials
Theresa of Avila • Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though our impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end.