Hope is Bold – Ann Gotfryd

12/01/2020 10:00 AM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

First Sunday of Advent WreathOn November 15, my associate group participated in a virtual discernment process. We had been invited to reflect upon a set of key phrases and words that had emerged in response to our 2021 General Chapter theme and logo. As a collection, these words expressed a prophetic way of Being and Doing, and we were to come to a consensus in support of one of them. Although it was not my first choice, by the end of our sharing, I was converted in my thinking, and whole-heartedly agreed with the final selection: Fierce Hope.

Since that conversation, I have found myself listening with new ears and seeing with new eyes. The voices that I hear raised in hope still sound worried that it is all in vain, but I now listen for how they have anchored their hope in practice. I am paying much closer attention to what they do and seeing them act as if they can make a difference. Their hope is not mere optimism. It is not idle. It is active … It is fierce.

As we begin a new liturgical year, the first candle we light in the Advent wreath is the candle of Hope. We light this candle to say that God is alive, “that all shall be well, and every manner of thing shall be well.” Like the prophets, we have hope that God will fulfill the prophecies declared in the Old Testament. The Messiah will come. “Hope is grounded in belief in God and in the nature and power of that God” Ron Rolheiser reminds us. “A person has hope because God is infinitely gracious and powerful and, because of that, ultimately, everything will turn out for the good …Hope is a vision of life that guides itself by God’s promise, irrespective of whether the situation looks optimistic or pessimistic at any given time.”

In Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis writes: A plan that would set great goals for the development of our entire human family nowadays sounds like madness (16). But “Hope is bold,” he goes on to say. “It can look beyond personal convenience, the petty securities and compensations which limit our horizon, and it can open us up to grand ideals that make life more beautiful and worthwhile. [52]"

NACAR’s vision of associate life is enlivened by this kind of fierce hope. It empowers us to look beyond ourselves by broadening our horizons. It supports our efforts to open ourselves to the grand ideals of our many different congregations and of our shared faith.

This Advent, we are called more urgently than ever before to live our hope fiercely. As we prepare ourselves to enter fully into the promise and joy of the gospel, we light candles not only of hope but also of peace, of love, and of joy. We are called to have reborn in us kindness, generosity, compassion, and love and to embrace the Pope’s invitation: Let us continue, then, to advance along the paths of hope (55).

In December 2020, “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace, as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).


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