“Hope: to want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true” (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Such a simple word, but one that is so beautiful. St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron Saint of Hope and impossible causes was one of Jesus’ original twelve disciples. He is often showcased carrying an image of Jesus in his hand, speaking to his steadfast love and devotion to his faith life. Although not all of us are called to be a martyr like St. Jude, we are, however, called to maintain hope for ourselves and others, even during difficult times. We must carry Jesus with us everywhere we go, just like St. Jude.
The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation (CSAF) supports the 17 Collective Ministries to be able to instill hope in others, through the various work of the ministries. By providing monetary support, in a very tangible way, our generous donors keep hope alive for those who are close to losing it. As the weather gets a little chillier and the holidays begin approaching, let us remember the necessity of hope and the importance of keeping this theological virtue alive in our growing secular society.
Below are some of the CSAF’s favorite quotes on HOPE:
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott
“Hope; Smiles from the threshold of the year to come; whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred Tennyson
“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.” – Lemony Snicket, The Beatrice Letters
“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.’” – Alexandre Dumas