A THEOLOGICAL VIRTUE (2 of 3)
Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ's promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." "The Holy Spirit . . . he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life."
~ Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1817 .
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Listed below are New American Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church references as well as weblinks to FAITH and CHARITY, the other 2 Theological Virtues. Pictured above left is St Louis de Montfort.
SACRED SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
(New American Bible)
(ref Genesis 15:5).
cf. Romans 8:28
(ref Matthew 24:9, 13).
St. Teresa of Avila, Excl. 15:3.
cf. Council of Trent: DS 1541.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
1822-1829 (link to theological virtue reference)
apathy and indifference contrary to, 2094
heart as the seat of, 1853
indulgence and, 1478
as loving one's neighbor, 1822-29
"never ends," 25
See also Love
charity and sacraments
catechumens and, 1248-49
sacramental life and growth in, 1134
sacraments of initiation and advancement in, 1212
charity as Christian moral life
chastity and, 2346
freedom and, 1740
as the goal of our actions, 1829
peace as the fruit of, 2304
virtue of religion and, 2095
charity as witness and service
among the members of the Mystical Body, 791
love of country and the order of, 2239
Mary as the model of, 967-68
parish as a place of, 2179
renunciation of violent action and the witness of, 2306
secular institutes and, 928
as a social commandment, 1889
society of apostolic life and, 930
as the soul of the apostolate, 864
and the freedom of the children of God, 1828
grace of Christ as the source of, 2011
perseverance in, 1824
as the soul of holiness, 826