What is hope? The Apostle Paul, writing to the Christian community at Rome reminded them that “hope that is seen is no hope at all” (Rom 8:24). Rather, hope is the patient and persevering expectation that God will bring forth good, even when there does not seem to be any visible evidence that this is actually happening.
One of the fruits of the Second Vatican Council was the awakening of the Church to the need for social and cultural analysis in order to ground its teaching and ministry in human reality. Awareness dawned that human linguistic, symbolic, moral, political, and economic structures profoundly influence the way we think about God and interpret our spiritual callings. The development of the human sciences (i.e.