Faith Lived in Hope

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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!

 
Bishop Kevin Rhoades

About Bishop Kevin Rhoades

Bishop Kevin Rhoades is the 9th Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Originally from Pennsylvania, he spent time in Rome and Spain as a seminarian before being ordained a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. He served as a faculty member and then as rector of Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He was ordained a bishop in 2004 and served the Diocese of Harrisburg until he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in November 2009. He was installed as Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend in January, 2010. Bishop Rhoades made headlines in 2011 when he issued the first-known imprimatur for an iPhone app. You can read his weekly column at Today's Catholic.