The virtues of faith and charity are often presented for reflection, but hope seems to be left in the background. And yet, hope is the foundation for living a purposeful life. Why do individuals make a real effort to choose the good over the easier evil? Many do because they hope that they will be rewarded in some way and that God will help them. Often our life decisions and priorities are fueled by hope: new year’s resolutions, working in community organizations, starting a business, practicing the piano, exercising daily. All of these are chosen because of hope that they will result in an improvement in some aspect of life. Being hopeful when making life choices is a good start. Living in hope and not giving up is a great virtue.
By Mary Jackle, OSB