Hope looks for the good in people
instead of harping on the worst.

Hope opens doors
Where despair closes them.

Hope discovers what can be done
Instead of grumbling about what cannot.

Hope draws its power from a deep trust
in God and the basic goodness of human nature.

Hope “lights a candle” instead
of “cursing the darkness.”

Hope regards problems, small or large,
as opportunities.

Hope cherishes no illusions,
nor does it yield to cynicism.

Hope sets big goals and is not frustrated
by repeated difficulties or setbacks.

Hope pushes ahead
when it would be easy to quit.

Hope puts up with modest gains,
realizing that “the longest journey starts with one step.”

Hope accepts misunderstandings as the price for serving
the greater good of others.

Hope is a good loser because it has
the divine assurance of final victory.

By Father James Keller, M.M.
Founder, The Christophers

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