As hard as it might be to believe, Advent is here! Advent is about waiting, but it is about waiting in hope.
And so as we begin Advent, I thought I would share some words of Pope Francis about hope, from a General Audience he gave in October. Calling Christians people who propose hope, Francis said
There is “something more” that inhabits Christian existence, which is not explained by the force of mind or greater optimism. It is as though believers were people with an extra “piece of heaven” above them, accompanied by a presence that one cannot even intuit.
… So, the true Christian is like this: not complaining or angry, but convinced, by the strength of the resurrection, that no evil is infinite, no night is endless, no man is definitely wrong, no hatred is invincible to love.
Today we begin our preparation for the opening act of the story that gives rise to Christian hope – the Incarnation.
As we begin this Advent, resolve to spread hope, the hope grounded in our realization “that no evil is infinite, no night is endless, no man is definitely wrong, no hatred is invincible to love.”