Hope is…what drives us to action

December 20, 2011

 From my brother, Connor, (sharing words of wisdom from my dad):  

“We constantly live between fear and hope. As we approach a new situation, we have fear of what lies ahead but, we hope that the situation will produce our desired outcome.


Hope is the basis of what drives us to do things that might be seemingly irrational. It would be simple to avoid facing the fear, from doing the hard work, but hope gives us the strength to accomplish our tasks. Hope is the basis of faith. For, if we have hope that we get past our fears and accomplish what we are meant to do, we have faith that we will be rewarded for doing so.”

What is hope to you?

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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