On the 2023 Christian liturgical calendar, December 3 marks the beginning of Advent—four weeks of preparation for the coming of a Savior. As such, Advent is a season of expectation, a season of hope. While today we think of hope mainly as an emotional state or mental attitude, in the Christian theological tradition hope is a virtue. Along with interdependent virtues of faith and love, hope forms the very foundation of spiritual and religious life. Does this concept of hope have relevance not bound to the Christian, or to any particular, theological tradition? Let’s explore a more contemporary, more universal understanding of hope as a virtue.
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