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Part Three

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Christian hope unfolds from the beginning of Jesus’ preach-

ing in the proclamation of the beatitudes. The

beatitudes

raise our

hope toward heaven as the new Promised Land; they trace the path

that leads through the trials that await the disciples of Jesus. But

through the merits of Jesus Christ and of his Passion, God keeps us

in the “hope that does not disappoint.”

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Hope is the “sure and

steadfast anchor of the soul . . . that enters . . . where Jesus has gone

as a forerunner on our behalf.”

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Hope is also a weapon that

protects us in the struggle of salvation: “Let us . . . put on the

breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of

salvation.”

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It affords us joy even under trial: “Rejoice in your

hope, be patient in tribulation.”

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Hope is expressed and nourished

in prayer, especially in the Our Father, the summary of everything

that hope leads us to desire.

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We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by

God to those who love him and do his will.

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In every circumstance,

each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere “to

the end”

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and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God’s eternal reward

for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ. In hope,

the Church prays for “all men to be saved.”

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She longs to be united

with Christ, her Bridegroom, in the glory of heaven:

Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the

hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even

though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and

turns a very short time into a long one. Dream that the more

you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your

God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Be-

loved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end.

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Charity

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Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God

above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves

for the love of God.

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Rom

5:5.

89

Heb

6:19-20.

90

1 Thess

5:8.

91

Rom

12:12.

92 Cf.

Rom

8:28-30;

Mt

7:21.

93

Mt

10:22; cf. Council of Trent: DS 1541.

94

1 Tim

2:4.

95 St. Teresa of Avila,

Excl.

15:3.

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