Posted July 13, 2009 in The Pope's Corner:
Where Can I Find Hope

by Pope John Paul II.

We cannot live without hope. We have to have some purpose in life, some meaning to our existence…. Without hope, we begin to die. ….

Do you remember the advice Jesus gave his disciples when they seemed to be fearful of the future? He said. Do not be concerned for your life, what you are to eat, or for your body, what you are to put on. Life is more important than food and the body more than clothing.

Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap. They have neither cellar nor barn—yet God feeds them. How much more important you are than the birds! (Lk 12:22-24).

Yes, God knows all our needs. He is the foundation for our hope….

Without faith in God, there can be no hope, no lasting, authentic hope…. But those who have the gift of faith can live with confidence about things to come. They look to the future with anticipation and joy even in the face of suffering and pain; and the future they are ultimately looking toward is everlasting life with the Lord….

This kind of hope was very prominent in the life of St. Paul who once wrote: We are afflicted in every way but not crushed; full of doubts, but never despair. We are persecuted but never abandoned; struck down but never destroyed…. We do not lose heart because our inner being is renewed each day (2 Cor 4:8-9, 16).

Only God can renew our inner self each day. Only God can give meaning to life, God who has drawn near to each of us in Christ Jesus our hope….

I would like to invite each of you to listen carefully to God’s voice in your heart. Every human person is called to communion with God. That is why the Lord made us: to know, love, and serve him, and—in doing this—to find the secret of lasting joy.

Listen to his voice. Do not be afraid. Open your hearts to Christ. The deepest joy in life is the joy that comes from God. He is the hope of the world.

—Excerpted from a teleconference with young people during the pope’s visit to America, September 15, 1987.


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