But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation.

– 1 Thess 5:8

Hope, if we define it as holding to the eventual good outcome of justice and the reign of God, anchors our present situation to an eschatological framework. It therefore and thereby places our current circumstances, however distressing they may be, in the context of the ongoing story of salvation history. It weaves our stories into God’s story. Christian hope is not simply a feeling and it is not the same as optimism: it is a theological virtue that is cultivated and practiced. It is profoundly eschatological, rooted in the deep conviction of God’s justice, God’s mercy, and God’s promised reign.

Weeping, Lamentation, and Hope

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  1. Fariba says:

    This horrible political climate has made me desire purgatory more than ever. Not flames. But restoration of justice in the world. Purgatory before and after death is comforting to me because it gives me hope that God doesn’t simply forgive but repairs. I sound like a masochist, but I’m honestly not thinking of purgatory in the medieval way.

    • I think I know what you mean. I associate that restoration and repair with the work of the Holy Spirit in reconciling all to God and thereby to each other. I believe the Orthodox have the concept of purgation after death, in which our sinfulness and anything that gets in the way of our relationship with God is purged from us.

      Restoration of justice is intrinsically part of what makes it Good News.

      Hang in there, sister. Thanks for your comment.

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