What to do when you don’t get what you hope for

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QUEZON City, Dec. 25, 2016 – What do you do when expectations or carefully-crafted plans change? Throw a pity party? Sulk? According to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, you should continue to cling on to hope.

According to the prelate, when plans or hopes do not turn out as expected everyone is called to “be open to God’s ways of fulfilling our hopes.”

“…That’s the very nature of hope, to be open,” added Tagle who spoke to thousands attending Jesuit Communications’ annual Advent recollection on Dec. 12 at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

‘God can do wonders’

“When [something] can be dictated upon, it’s already closed. There’s no more hope because you already know,” said the prelate in Filipino.

He said everyone has hopes but when things do not turn out as expected, one’s hope in God should go on.

“Hoping is not the certainty of my human sight… That is the lesson that John the Baptist is telling us. We hope intensely, we hope for people, especially the youth… God can do wonders. Keep on hoping,” said Tagle, basing his entire reflection on the Gospel passage that shows John the Baptist’s apparent doubts that Jesus was the Messiah.

Trusting in Jesus

Far from being passive, Tagle said, to hope is a function of active faith in the person of Jesus.

“We need to participate in hope… Keep on hoping and believing that God will accomplish it… The center of the faith is Jesus.”

“Hoping is not that easy. Like John the Baptist, I continue hoping even when I do not see. But I am assured that something good will happen not so much becaue of the results but because in God I put my hope,” explained the prelate. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)

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