That word, hope, feels a bit distant after the events of the past few days, but I think it is important one to keep in our hearts.
In the context of this week, there may not seem like much space for hope. Many of us are filled with feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, and fear.
But I urge you to remain hopeful, despite those feelings.
St. Augustine of Hippo spoke about hope in a way that resonates especially well today:
“Hope has two beautiful daughters; their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and Courage to see that they do not remain as they are.”
These words bring about the reason why hope is so important, especially now. Without hope, we are not motivated to seek change, change that we so desperately need.
Anger is not the opposite of hope. Anger is the child of hope, the product of knowing that things could be better, but aren’t. Being hopeful means having anger against injustice and equality.
So be angry.
Courage, then, is the ever-important sister of anger: all the frustration in the world won’t change anything without the courage to back it up.
So be courageous.
It is important to remember that these things are only possible through hope; without it, anger and courage are pointless.
So be hopeful.
The most important thing to remember is that we are not alone through this. As Catholic Christians, we stand firm in our faith and devotion to Jesus Christ. It is through Him that we find our hope, and through Him that we find our anger and courage.
Wherever you happen to stand on recent events, remember to remain hopeful, for it is through the hope of Christ that we can bring the change that this world so desperately needs.