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Life in Christ

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are necessary for salvation: “So every one who acknowledges me

before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in

heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before

my Father who is in heaven.”

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Hope

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Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the

kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our

trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but

on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. “Let us hold fast the

confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is

faithful.”

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“The Holy Spirit . . . he poured out upon us richly

through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his

grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.”

85

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The virtue of hope responds to the aspiration to happiness

which God has placed in the heart of every man; it takes up the

hopes that inspire men’s activities and purifies them so as to order

them to the Kingdom of heaven; it keeps man from discourage-

ment; it sustains him during times of abandonment; it opens up his

heart in expectation of eternal beatitude. Buoyed up by hope, he is

preserved from selfishness and led to the happiness that flows

from charity.

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Christian hope takes up and fulfills the hope of the chosen

people which has its origin and model in the

hope of Abraham,

who

was blessed abundantly by the promises of God fulfilled in Isaac,

and who was purified by the test of the sacrifice.

86

“Hoping against

hope, he believed, and thus became the father of many nations.”

87

83

Mt

10:32-33.

84

Heb

10:23.

85

Titus

3:6-7.

86 Cf.

Gen

17:4-8; 22:1-18.

87

Rom

4:18.

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