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Real Hope

Today I received some mail from the church. It included the 2nd of 4 booklets on grief and a beautifully thoughtful card that read, “Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. Isaiah 40:31”. That reminded me of something my Bible school instructor said last night in class. Christian hope is not wishing for something or worrying that something will come true. It is holding fast to the promises God has made and knowing that what He has said will come to be. I looked up the definition in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and it said, “Hope being a combination of the desire for something and expectation of receiving it, the virtue is hoping for Divine union and so eternal happiness. While faith is a function of the intellect, hope is an act of the will.” My understanding is that when we hope, we are actively participating in God’s loving plan for our future. I think that is beautiful.

I Found God today in hope.

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