Today, the 45th annual March for Life will take place in Washington, D.C., and we’re reminded that our country continues to prove itself a battleground. Marriage and the family have been under attack for years, the dignity of human life is on a very slippery slope, and now our identity as men and women is in question. The good old days are gone, and many would argue aren’t coming back for the foreseeable future.

But, in light of all of this – we shouldn’t despair.

As Catholics, we’re called to be countercultural, much in the same way the apostles and first followers of Christ were countercultural in ancient Rome. Despite living a faith punishable by death, Christians never lost hope. It was their hope that was contagious.

We can take a lot of lessons from those early Christians, and a big one is understanding hope.

The Catechism defines hope as “the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the grace of the Holy Spirit” (CCC 1817).

Hope isn’t simply optimism or confidence that it’ll all work out for the best. Hope, linked to faith, puts our trust in Christ and what he has promised. Hope is the belief that we will be saved, not by our own strength but by God’s. In a world full of suffering, we need hope.

“He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning


Be the Men.

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