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What Do You Wish for in the New Year?

January 4, 2016

With-God-All-Things-Are-Possible

Wish! Make a wish!

It’s a new year, with new beginnings; filled with hope for better tomorrows. What is it that you would like to see happen this year? Where does your hope lie? For me, I wish for the usual things, like good health for Nick and me. However, when I broaden my horizons and begin to think of others, I wish, and pray, mostly for peace.

I actually pray for those who have sworn allegiance to ISIS. I wonder how many others pray for them like I do. Do you pray for them? I pray (and wish) for Continue reading

Surprise!

Faith Hop and Charity

As we close out our reflections on the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, and before we move on to the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Temperance, Fortitude and Justice, I thought we might take a little breather and sit back and enjoy one of the greatest Christian hymns ever written, sung by one of my favorite artists, accompanied on guitar by one of the best guitarists of all time. I hope you enjoy it!

This song speaks of faith, hope and love. What a wonderful way to end a discussion on the theological virtues!

Next up is the virtue Continue reading

Expectation of Everlasting Life

April 4, 2014

Hope in the LordDo you expect to receive everlasting life? As we conclude our series on the virtue of Hope, we see that “Hope adorns the will…as it strengthens our expectation for the gift of everlasting life and steadies us against the temptation to despair of it or to presume willy-nilly on receiving it1 We hope for the gift of everlasting life because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross to obtain redemption for our sins. Through His sacrifice, we have the hope of one day experiencing eternal life with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Therefore, we do not despair, Continue reading

The “Our Father”

April 2, 2014

Our Father

 

What requests have been answered by God for you as a result of your praying the Our Father? How has that filled you with hope? Our Lord knew that once He would ascend to Heaven forty days after Easter, that we would need assistance to stay the course for living a virtuous life. Therefore, He taught us how to pray; how to request the assistance we would need; He gave us the “Our Father” (Matthew 6:9-14).

 

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is Continue reading

Embracing Hope – Part III of III

March 31, 2014

 

Beatitudes II

How do peacemaking and persecution relate to hope? Today we conclude our discussion on the Beatitudes by focusing on these two attributes and their relationship to hope.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matt 5:9). If left completely up to humanity, there would be little hope for peace; for we exist with discord and conflict raging around us and within us. To obtain true peace, we must first reconcile ourselves with God and then with each other. If we are reconciled with God, then we can be the light of peace Continue reading

Embracing Hope – Part II of III

March 28, 2014

 

Beatitudes 1How do righteousness, mercy and cleanliness of heart bring us hope? Today we will discuss these attributes in detail regarding their relationship to hope.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6). Here, righteousness means salvation by God. Therefore, if we hunger and thirst for Heaven, we will conduct ourselves morally in such a manner that would be pleasing to God. To accomplish His will and to live in a morally upright manner, we place ourselves before God and hope for His assistance to live a virtuous life.   Continue reading

Embracing Hope – Part I of III

March 26, 2014

 

Beatitudes III

 

 

Why are the Beatitudes so important and how do they relate to our lives? The Beatitudes show us the path that will lead us through the trials of life and what we can expect with hope, through the grace of Jesus Christ. Yet at the same time they confront us with decisive moral choices (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1723). We will cover a detailed look at the Beatitudes in conjunction with Hope, in this three part series, looking at the first three Beatitudes in this post:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Continue reading

Why Embrace Hope?

March 24, 2014

 

steps of hope

What do you hope for in your life and why do you keep hoping? Hope is what gets us through the day; through the trials and tribulations of life’s journey. God gives us a “hope that does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us” (Romans 5:5).

Just the thought of no hope, makes me realize how much of my everyday actions are centered on hope. I get up each day and either research or write these blog posts with the hope that Continue reading