Last night I focused on the theological virtue of faith. How do we nurture that gift? Each week when we proclaim the Creed at Mass, or when we renew our baptismal promises during the Easter season, what are we expressing? How do these commitments impact the way we live our day-to-day lives?
Tonight I am going to focus our attention on the theological virtue of hope. How does our faith in Jesus Christ fill us with hope? Do we live our lives with joy? Does gratitude fill our hearts? Does a grateful heart prompt us to be generous in the way we love God with our whole heart, mind, soul, and strength? Does it prompt us to be generous in the way we love our neighbors as ourself? The virtue of hope will play a key role in whether or not we are able to answer these questions in a positive manner.
The focus tomorrow night will be on healing, forgiveness, mercy, and compassion. How do we embrace God's forgiveness and healing in our own lives, and how do we extend that same forgiveness and healing to others?
A thought from St. Faustina: Will you enter through the door of God's mercy or through the door of God's justice?