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3 November 2009  By : Marco

What is hope?  The “gift” of hope  Why living in hope?  Realizing hope  Conquering your EXAM with hope

Hope: “to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence” (Dictionary.com)  Catholic Hope:

Starts with DESIRE.  It is DIFFICULT to obtain.  It is possible, desire for something

that is REAL.
 Supplied

by the GRACE of God.

1 of 3 virtues of a human.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor 13:13)

 Why
 We

do we live as Catholic person?
have a hope: Desire for eternal happiness trust in Christ's promises,
F A I T H O P L O V E

 HEAVEN!! (CCC 1843)
 Placing

therefore relying not on our own strength (CCC 1817)

God gives us hope through His promises
Story of Abraham  promise of descendants (Gen 17)  Story of Exodus  promise of entering the promised land  Sermon on the mount  promise of great rewards (Mat 5)  Ascension of Jesus  promise of Holy Spirit (Acts 1:6-11)

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Rom 5:1-5 1 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

 Similar

to any other gifts, hope INCREASE
Faith.  Sufferings.  Endurance.  Character.  Hope.  Hope does not disappoint.

God has given this “Gift of Hope”  God cannot back out His promise.  We have to fulfill this, unwrap this gift!

Realize our hope by taking “ACTION”!

 Importance
 Keeps

for us

us from discouragement  Sustain during times of abandonment  Opens our heart in expectation of eternal happiness  Preserved from selfishness and led to joy that flows from charity  YES, WE CAN!!!

I want to realize my hope
Start thinking of what you are going to wish for  Pray for it and ask for direction  Take “ACTION”!  He will lead you to what

He wants you to be

“ACTION”! “ACTION”! “ACTION”!  Struggling in realizing hope as proof that we do really love God

The path through the trials that awaits us and will bring us to wonderful yet unseen future  HOPE AGAINST HOPE

Hang On Persevere Endure  to continue to hope, although the outlook does not warrant it (Gen 17:4-8)

That sounds scary…  I cannot do this

Don’t go n fight it alone

Placing our hope IN the God who loves us here and now, and who will never abandon us

 Rejoice

in hope, YES WE CAN!!!  Be patient & pray at all times (Rom 12:12)  Persevere, work to realize hope  STUDY  Encourage each other (1 Thess 5:8-11)

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Hope Characteristic
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Desire, Difficult, Possible, Grace of God God’s promise, Faith  Sufferings  Endurance  Character  Hope that does not disappoint

Hope is a gift Purpose of hope
Our role as Catholic  Encourage us in difficult times

Realizing hope
“ACTION”! dude “ACTION”!  Hope against hope: Hang On Persevere Endure  Instead of Hope of this and that, Hope in Him

EXAM? YES YOU CAN! JUST DO IT! =)

Personal experience…