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The Second Reading from Mass this Sunday is from St Paul's First letter to the Thessalonians where he talks about hope. Here are some inspiring quotes on hope, offered at a time when the world needs hope most of all.

"I invite everyone to renewed hope, for hope “speaks to us of something deeply rooted in every human heart, independently of our circumstances and historical conditioning. Hope speaks to us of a thirst, an aspiration, a longing for a life of fulfillment, a desire to achieve great things, things that fill our heart and lift our spirit to lofty realities like truth, goodness and beauty, justice and love… Hope is bold; it can look beyond personal convenience, the petty securities and compensations which limit our horizon, and it can open us up to grand ideals that make life more beautiful and worthwhile”. Let us continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope.

Pope Francis, Fratelli, Tutti, 55.

“It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it and finding meaning through union with Christ, who suffered with infinite love.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi

“It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt, when we try to spare ourselves the effort and pain of pursuing truth, love, and goodness, that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi

“The capacity to accept suffering for the sake of goodness, truth and justice is an essential criterion of humanity, because if my own well-being and safety are ultimately more important than truth and justice, then the power of the stronger prevails, then violence and untruth reigns supreme.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Saved in Hope: Spe Salvi

"Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it had a god who knew the way out of the grave".

G.K. Chesterton


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