Do you practice the virtue of hope? Pope Francis calls hope the virtue that is hidden and humble. Hidden because so often we don’t see reasons for our hope in the world. Humble – because our hope is made real in the humility of Jesus who comes to walk with us, to share our life, our joys, and our struggles. As I practice the virtue of hope, I see that the face of Jesus is the only hope and stability I have in this fallen world. We are all called to hope.
When I am filled with hope, I can share it with others. We all have times when we feel horrible. I have seasons of wonderful joy, but also times of incredible pain. As I live in my values and walk the spiritual path, my pain is transformed into growth and new understanding. I understand my pain is transitory and softens with time. My bad times can be transformed when I practice fortitude and lean on others for hope and don’t try to go it alone. God gives me the grace and strength to carry on.
May the God who gives hope fill you with great joy. May you have perfect peace as you trust in him. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.Romans 15:13
Thank you Lord for revealing my knowledge of You, enlightening the eyes of my heart to know the hope that belongs to Your call.