Christian hope unfolds from the beginning of Jesus' preaching 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. It affords us joy even under trial. Hope is expressed and nourished in prayer, especially in the Our Father, the summary of everything that hope leads us to desire.
Hope drives the weary soul in crisis from its’ unhealthy imperfection on to unitive way. In the words of St. Theresa of Avila, "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 Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end."