Advent is here
The cold weather decided to show up along with one of the most important seasons of the Church. I won't complain a bit about a longer or warmer autumn. Advent is still a wonderful season regardless of the weather. Pope Benedict's homily on hope intertwines with his latest encyclical. The letter, Spe Salvi, deals with the theological virtue of hope. I'd suggest reading it. It's a very academic text, so the Holy Father has plenty of footnotes to provide further reading and research on this subject. The story of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a girl from Darfur who was sold into slavery in her home country and finally freed in Europe meshes with this message: regardless of status, hope is God's way of reminding us He is with us. The relationship between faith and hope is also well-discussed. It might be a bit long for some, but it's worth reading through to the end. It might allow for further insight into the nature of faith for some of you.