People who have heard me speak or who are long-time readers here know that I am a big fan of Brother David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk. They also know that I believe Timothy Radcliffe, OP, is absolutely correct when he says that hope is the central gift Christianity has to offer to the world.
People define hope differently. Today I came across this expression of what hope means offered by Brother David in his Gratefulness the Heart of Prayer.
Hope looks at all things the way a mother looks at her child, with a passion for the possible. That way of looking is creative. It creates the space in which perfection can unfold. More than that, the eyes of hope look through all imperfections to the heart of all things and find it perfect. The eyes of hope are grateful eyes. Before our eyes learned to look gratefully at the world, we expected to find beauty in good looking things. But grateful eyes expect the surprise of finding beauty in all things.
Let us never lose our passion for the possible, allowing the space in which perfection can unfold.