Catechism of the Catholic Church

448 Part Three 1820 Christian hope unfolds from the beginning of Jesus’ preach- ing in the proclamation of the beatitudes. The beatitudes raise our hope toward heaven as the new Promised Land; they trace the path that leads through the trials that await the disciples of Jesus. But through the merits of Jesus Christ and of his Passion, God keeps us in the “hope that does not disappoint.” 88 Hope is the “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul . . . that enters . . . where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf.” 89 Hope is also a weapon that protects us in the struggle of salvation: “Let us . . . put on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.” 90 It affords us joy even under trial: “Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation.” 91 Hope is expressed and nourished in prayer, especially in the Our Father, the summary of everything that hope leads us to desire. 1821 We can therefore hope in the glory of heaven promised by God to those who love him and do his will. 92 In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere “to the end” 93 and to obtain the joy of heaven, as God’s eternal reward for the good works accomplished with the grace of Christ. In hope, the Church prays for “all men to be saved.” 94 She longs to be united with Christ, her Bridegroom, in the glory of heaven: Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Be- loved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end. 95 Charity 1822 Charity is the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God. 88 Rom 5:5. 89 Heb 6:19-20. 90 1 Thess 5:8. 91 Rom 12:12. 92 Cf. Rom 8:28-30; Mt 7:21. 93 Mt 10:22; cf. Council of Trent: DS 1541. 94 1 Tim 2:4. 95 St. Teresa of Avila, Excl. 15:3. 1716 2772 2016 1037 1723