Gerald thinks that hope has always sounded like a wishy‑washy virtue in the past, but now it has been given an imperative quality as a Christian purpose. Witnesses see hope in action in India, in the Philippines. But where is the link with forgiveness and suffering? At this point, Gerald examines the particularly deep feminine contribution rooted in women’s experience of birth and death. And what lies beyond death?
1. List your hopes. What has your faith to do with them?
2. What in the Christian faith gives you ground for hope about your life, about the world?
3. What do you hope for beyond death?
4. How do you face suffering and pain? Are there seeds of hope there?
5. Is a Christian’s right and wrong different from anyone else’s?
“I need hope and I need action coming out of hope in order to resist the coming destruction. I see many people round me who just blind their own eyes and fall into a apathy and don’t care any more. And I think the theology of hope is at first operative in people because it makes people love life again and resist death and the agents of death which are around them.”