The hope-filled message of Jer. 29:11 keeps me focused on God and his good (and hopeful!) plans. God promises us “a future with hope.”
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jer. 29:11)
Since I have a hopeful heart, I am drawn to hopeful quotes from our friends, the saints. The saints knew how to dwell in hope (Acts 2:26). They remind us to do likewise.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Pray, hope and don’t worry. – St. Pio (Padre Pio)
Because God is in control, we can trust his plans. Trust aids us in overcoming worry and placing our hope in God. As the quote continues, “Worry is useless. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.”
Thank you, Jesus!
“It is He, Jesus Christ, the true Life, who gives hope and purpose to our earthly existence.” – St. John Paul II
Dear JPII loved to encourage his flock, especially young people, to trust in Christ our Hope. Hope was a theme of many of his homilies and addresses, including at World Youth Day 1993. May we share hope with others, as well!
Live and hope in the Lord. – St. Clare of Assisi
St. Clare left the world to follow God in a life dedicated to prayer. Devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, she prayed and hoped in Christ.
She reminds us to do so, too.
My hope was never mistaken. – St. Therese
The Little Flower trusted God as she lived her “Little Way,” which is a beautiful path to emulate. She discussed her faith journey in her autobiography, which is a lovely read.
Jesus is our hope. – St. Faustina
In her dairy, St. Faustina reflects on many aspects of trust in God and his great mercy. That is, indeed, where true hope lies.
“And we expect to obtain everything promised us by Jesus in spite of all our wretchedness. For Jesus is our Hope: Through His merciful Heart as through an open gate we pass through to heaven.” (Diary of St. Faustina, 1570)
Amy Smith is associate editor of the National Catholic Register. She edits features and enjoys writing about hope, saints (her favorites are Thérèse and Gianna), and Jane Austen. She is the author of The Plans God Has for You: Hopeful Lessons for Young Women.
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