The grace of Hope that God bestows upon us, is not a hope for things of this world, but a hope in everlasting life. It is with the grace of Hope that we can place our trust in Christ and His promises. With Hope, we do not rely upon ourselves, but rather on the workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Hope gives us aspirations, rather than desperations. With the grace of Hope, we aspire to be happy, even in times of trial. Especially during times of trial, we can find joy and hope, because of Christ and His promises of salvation. Hope gives us encouragement, rather than discouragement.
With the Grace of Hope:
- We know that Christ is always with us, and He will never abandon us.
- Hope is a “steadfast anchor of the soul,” 1 rather than a wisp of wind. We hold fast to our God.
- We are protected against the struggles that we face regarding our salvation.
Although Hope is not something we can touch, see, hear, taste or smell, we know it exists. We experience it. Without the grace of Hope, our lives would have no purpose. So, if you are having a bad day, hold on to Hope. If you’re having a good day, then give someone else reason to hope, and share the promises of Christ – that He will always be with us. In all cases, rely on the Holy Spirit do to wondrous things in your life. Be happy and filled with joy, even in times of trial, knowing Christ is with you.
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 1997. Print. CCC 1820
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