We all have the gift of hope, of divine hope, sometimes called the theological virtue of hope.
This gift comes with grace. It is to be distinguished from optimism. Hope is divine. Optimism is human, psychological. “The proper and principal object of hope is eternal happiness”
Until we fully enter eternal happiness, however, we journey the complex, sometimes dark, roads of this world and life. As we journey, hope enables us to lean on God Who is light (and Who wants nothing more than to share His happiness). Hope, therefore, is “being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness”
Quote attributed to Desmond Tutu, retired Archbishop of Cape Town
The Rev. Charles Hoffacker is a retired priest of the Diocese of Washington