Hope is trusting in God's loving plan. The virtue of hope enables us to suffer with joy in this life, knowing that even when the things that happen to us are difficult, the Lord will use them for our salvation. The virtue of hope reminds us that the sufferings of this life are short and small compared to the greatness of joy prepared for us in eternity. The Christian knows that hoping in wealth, in persons of power, in anything that is of this world, is foolish, since these will all fail us at some point. God alone will never fail is, and heaven is the only world which shall not pass away. Like the light shining at the end of a long and sometimes uncertain pathway, hope gives us strength and direction we need to continually orient our steps towards God, recognizing that it is a journey toward eternal life with Him.
-Virtues in Practice, Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation