Hope is….Knowing God Hears Us

December 6, 2011

William Barry in his book,Letting God Come Close,  says:  
We can be made to feel guilty and ungrateful for desiring what we want, but if we do suppress our desires without being satisfied that God has heard us, then, in effect, we pull back from honesty with God…We need to keep letting God know our real desires until we are satisfied or have heard or felt some response. 
Hope is trusting and knowing God hears us as we express our real desires.  Hope is knowing that we can express ourselves completely to God,  and God not only hears us, but cares deeply to listen.  

Advent is a season that invites us remember an incredible reason to be hopeful…God hears us. 

What do you think hope is?   

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Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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  1. Jean Wise

    What a great reminder. needed to read this today. Thanks!


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