Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you. (1 Peter 3:15)
Usually, the word “hope” is used in a secular context. “I hope mom makes pizza for dinner.” There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’m more interested in the theological virtue of hope.
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa writes about the virtue of hope in Mary, Mirror of the Church. Mary at the foot of the Cross is not only the “Mother of Sorrows,” but she is also the “Mother of Hope.” At the foot of the Cross, she “hoped against hope.”
“Hope against hope,” is explained this way by H. Schlier in Der Romerbrief: ” without having any reason whatsoever for hope, in a situation that, humanly speaking, is entirely hopeless and in total contrast with the promise made, one never ceases to hope solely…
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