A good meditation on hope concludes Chapter One.
I invite everyone to renewed hope, for hope “speaks to us of something deeply rooted in every human heart, independently of our circumstances and historical conditioning. Hope speaks to us of a thirst, an aspiration, a longing for a life of fulfillment, a desire to achieve great things, things that fill our heart and lift our spirit to lofty realities like truth, goodness and beauty, justice and love… Hope is bold; it can look beyond personal convenience, the petty securities and compensations which limit our horizon, and it can open us up to grand ideals that make life more beautiful and worthwhile”.[Greeting to Young People at the Padre Félix Varela Cultural Centre, Havana, Cuba (20 September 2015): L’Osservatore Romano, 21-22 September 2015, p. 6] Let us continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope.
What drew my eye was the affirmation, “Hope is bold.” What does that mean in the context of this document and in our time of pandemic. Hope is, I think, something far less than a slam-dunk future expectation. It implies something that can be experienced after a long journey. It may be a period of time. It may be a trial that makes demands on the person. But it is not a pipe dream. It suggests that something “More beautiful and worthwhile” can be a part of God’s plan for us. We are not condemned to a future bleak and in decline from what we or our parents have known.
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