This Friday, the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, Pope Benedict XVI will release his second encyclical letter, on hope. It should be available that day in English, and we will provide links and commentary as soon as the document is available.
The name of the encyclical is Spe Salvi, which means “Saved in Hope.” As the Church continues to celebrate the Year of St. Paul, the title of this encyclical is taken from St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, 8:24: “For in hope we were saved.”
The theological virtue of hope is the bridge (Latin, pontifex) between our justification by faith at Baptism and our eternal beatitude in heaven. Even in an etymological sense, what an appropriate topic for our Supreme Pontiff to address.
As we wait for this document, we might want to refresh our understanding of this crucially important virtue. Certainly we can use our concordances and Catechisms to do word studies, and I also encourage readers to download CUF’s Faith Fact on hope, the virtue of Christian pilgrims everywhere.