Loading
Authentic spirituality of hope must be recovered, says Argentinean archbishop
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, said this week that an “authentic spirituality of hope” which “helps us prepare for a Merry Christmas” must be recovered. This is “the contribution that we as Christians must make to our contemporaries.”

During his weekly program, “Keys to a Better World,” the archbishop spoke about Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical, “Spe Salvi,” and he pointed out that “we all have the right to hope for many things” that “we need and that complement our lives and help us to aspire to happiness,” but “hope is the foundation of them all.”

“Hope allows us to trust in the future” but “not in a merely intra-historic future,” but “in a transcendent and eternal future, because the goal, the object of Christian hope is precisely eternal life,” Archbishop Aguer said.

That eternal life is “the total and perfect possession of unending life” and “that great hope to which the life of every human being and the course of all of human history is directed, is the foundation of all the legitimate human hopes,” he said.

Archbishop Aguer stressed that while life can bring frustration and tragedy, even in midst of the worst of circumstances, that hope remains firm because it is founded on the love of God. 

The archbishop explained the shortcomings of modern culture saying that it “has eclipsed that great hope and has sought to replace the Kingdom of God with the kingdom of man”, but at the same time, modern culture is in a state of confusion. This confusion, the archbishop said, arises because “man has so much strength to transform the world but at the same time has such interior emptiness”. Even in this situation, “what remains is the reserve of that great hope,” he added.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
26

Liturgical Calendar

November 26, 2014

Wednesday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 21:5-11

Gospel
Date
11/25/14
11/24/14
11/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Rev 15: 1-4
Gospel:: Lk 21: 12-19

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/25/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 21:5-11

Homily
Date
11/25/14
11/24/14
11/21/14