Beautiful Hope

I recently read Beautiful Hope:  Finding Hope Every Day in a Broken World which is a small essay collection put out by Dynamic Catholic.  I am a lover of quotes, and I was reading, I found myself highlighting a few, so I thought I would share some of them here today. 

Optimism disappoints, but hope does not.

Pope Francis

This one stuck out to me because it started the description of the difference between optimism and hope.  I’m a naturally optimistic person and a proponent of positive thinking.  But I know a lot of people are turned off by what they view as toxic positivity.  Hope in God and His plan for us is so much deeper and more powerful than mere optimism though.

Hope is never still; hope is always journeying, and it makes us journey.

Pope Francis

Those with hope are willing to act.  Those without hope are content to wish.

Fr. Mike Schmitz

When hope dwindles, love also dies down; the heart is invaded by uneasiness and worry, which stifle charity.  Hope keeps the heart free to love, and to give itself.

Fr. Jacques Philippe

There was a lot about how hope should influence our actions and the choices that we make each day of our lives.

Hope is not merely a wish that something good might happen – it is the firm confidence and desire that the promises of God will be fulfilled.  It is the expectation that “he who began a good work among you will bring it to completion” (Philippians 1:6).

Sr. Miriam James

Hope is the theological virtue that enables us to keep our eyes on heaven – even during those times when our sufferings and trials make our lives here on earth seem like a living hell. 

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

A reminder that hope is not about what we want and desire, but what God wants and desires for us.

In my mind, hope and purpose are directly tied to one another.  Without an understanding of purpose, there can be no hope.

Marguerite Brambani

Prayer is the great school for growing in hope.  When we pray, we realize that we are never alone.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez

The saints are beacons of hope in the world.  They show us that ordinary men and women can be the living hands of Jesus acting in the world.  Saints show the world that God does powerful things through those that make themselves available to him.

Grandpa Paul Hess

Hope helps us to be the people that God wants us to be.  The best versions of ourselves.

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