Despite its many sparkly festivities, this time of year can be difficult for people who are grieving, lonely, or far from home. At its heart, the Advent season is a time for great hope as we await the birth of our Savior. How do we live in both these spaces at the same time?
This week, we're digging in to the virtue of hope and learning how we can direct our hearts toward the hope of Heaven and the hope of Christmas, even when we're facing great difficulties in our lives.
Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end. (St. Teresa of Avila)