Father Ramond J. De Souza

A Quote by Father Ramond J. De Souza on hope, christian, jesus, god, and religion

{Excerpted direct quotations from newspaper article ]  "What is the hope that can give meaning to life?  Without some form of hope, the Holy Father argues that life becomes tedious and potentially burdersome, even if it is marked by material influence and technical progress.  The person without hope finds himself in an existential difficulty:  For what enduring purpose am I clinging to this life that I love and do not want to lose?"

The article goes on later to say, "Hope is not then something for the future alone, a sort of wishful thinking aout what might be; it offers meaning for us today.  Christian hope is founded on certain faith that life is not a meaningless riddle, but a mystery progressively revealed and finding the fulfillment in the redemption won by Jesus Christ and offered to all peoples."

"In restating this basic Christian doctrine, Benedict argues that it is not only for Christians alone.  Others may not share the Christian faith in God, but the Christian proclamation that hope comes from within the person- in the realm of faith and conscience - is for them too.  It offers an important protection against stifling and occasionally brutal social systems built on false hopes that come from outside the person, founded on political idealogies, economic models and social theories."

Father Ramond J. De Souza

Source: The National Catholic Register, Volume 83, No. 48 - Benedict Sticks to Basics: The Pope's New Encyclical Explores Christian Hope. Author of article: Father Raymon J. De Souza

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