In starting something new, we fear the unknown or find hope in its freshness. According to St. Francis de Sales, hope is a conviction we hold that, if we live our lives faithfully, a caring God guides, protects, exhorts and comforts us. Thus” Salesian hope” proposes a God who is “always on call." Salesian hope is a vital spirit fueling optimism. It helps recall that what we do is the right way to live and be with one another until we meet the lord. St. Francis de Sales wrote these words on hope:
For this we must have great confidence and trust in God's providence. We must provide for each day's manna and not more. We must not doubt that God will give us more tomorrow, in the future and all through the time of our pilgrimage.
Sr. Anne Francis