Paul Tillich, The Right to Hope

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Paul Tillich, The Right to Hope
“Hoping often implies waiting. ‘Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him,’ says the psalmist (Ps. 37:7). Waiting demands patience, and patience demands stillness within one’s self. This aspect of hope is most important in the hope we have within ourselves and our own maturing and fulfilling what we essentially are and therefore ought to be.”


For Reflection
We live in an impatient society, and yet we Christians are called to wait, to hope, and to trust in God. How might we learn to grow in this holy patience? During Advent, what practices might we adopt to help us find an internal stillness that allows us to bring a spirit of peace to an anxious world?

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