Thought of the Day March 9, 2016

By 11:17 AM

"Optimism and hope are radically different attitudes. Optimism is the expectation that things-the weather, human relationships, the economy, the political situation, and so on-will get better. Hope is the trust that God will fulfill God's promises to us in a way that leads us to true freedom. The optimist speaks about concrete changes in the future. The person of hope lives in the moment with the knowledge and trust that all of life is in good hands. All the great spiritual leaders in history were people of hope. Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Mary, Jesus,... all lived with a promise in their hearts that guided them toward the future without the need to know exactly what it would look like. Let's live with hope." (Henri Nouwen) To be an optimistic person is better than to be a pessimist. But to be a person of hope is to be more fully a person. Optimism depends on external forces to come together. Hope depends on the person of Jesus who through his death and resurrection has promised us the fullness of life with him forever.

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