Hope and Dying

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the virtue of hope in view of the reality of death.

“Add Christian hope, born of faith, to the inevitability of death and the entire horizon of human experience is changed. Christian hope does not prevent death. Christian hope does not even delay death. But because Christian hope is hope in eternal life, it changes completely the way we are able to live here and now. Our hope for what is to come liberates us from the need to cling too dearly to life. Hope allows us to pay out our lives generously and without fear. Hope frees us to face the Cross and embrace it.”

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