Christian hope is rooted in our faith in Christ. The virtue of hope is often represented in art as an anchor. This is because hope is the anchor of salvation that makes it possible for us to look beyond the darkness of this world to the light of Christ and His Resurrection.
Since faith is a light for our darkness, it gives rise to hope. Faith and hope enable us to live with joy in this life. This is because of the goal that is before us: eternal life with Christ. We have a future that is beyond our every imagining. That future has been likened to a wedding banquet feast. The Eucharist gives us a foretaste of that banquet feast of heaven.
I recommend for your reading the beautiful encyclical on Christian hope by our Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. It is entitled Spe Salvi (“Saved in Hope”). In it, Pope Benedict wrote: “The one who has hope lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new life.”
Mary is our Mother of hope. She shows us the way to the Kingdom of her Son. May she help all of us to believe, to hope, and to love as disciples of Jesus!