Christian hope unfolds from the beginning of Jesus’ preach-
ing in the proclamation of the beatitudes. The
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.”
Hope is the “sure and
steadfast anchor of the soul . . . that enters . . . where Jesus has gone
as a forerunner on our behalf.”
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
It affords us joy even under trial: “Rejoice in your
hope, be patient in tribulation.”
Hope is expressed and nourished
in prayer, especially in the Our Father, the summary of everything
that hope leads us to desire.
We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by
God to those who love him and do his will.
In every circumstance,
each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere “to
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.”
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.
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.
10:22; cf. Council of Trent: DS 1541.
95 St. Teresa of Avila,