Advent_Wreath_1As we light the first candle of the Advent Wreath, let us reflect on the hope the anticipation of Christ’s birth brings.

“Let’s approach Christmas with an expectant hush, rather than a last-minute rush.”Anonymous

 “It’s best to not confuse optimism with hope. Optimism is a psychological attitude toward life. Hope goes further. It is an anchor that one hurls toward the future, it’s what lets you pull on the line and reach what you’re aiming for and head in the right direction. Hope is also theological:  God is there, too.” – Pope Francis

Hope is the power of being cheerful in circumstances that we know to be desperate.” – G.K. Chesterton

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13