Especially in these trying times, we may be tempted to dismiss hope as something akin to wishful thinking. Yet hope is a theological virtue, along with faith and love. These three put us into position for personal union with God. Hope, in particular, orients us perpetually in a Godward direction no matter where life takes us. As Cistercian monk Aelred of Rivaulx declared: “What is hope but food for the journey to support us in the miseries of this life?” Cultivate hope by weeding out habits of negativity and cynicism.
Today’s readings:Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; 1 Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21 (55).
“Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.”
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