Hope embraces the whole of reality, and reality includes the true and the good, the faltering and the imperfect. When we do not know what we should hope for, the Spirit comes to help us in our weakness.

When the future is uncertain or unpredictable, we call on God, as we would call on a loving father or mother, to provide for us, and we hope for a favourable response. We hope for a better world, trusting in the faithfulness and loving kindness of God, and at the same time trying, for our part, to make this better, fairer world become a reality.

As you look back over your time of prayer and reflection this Lent, what has stayed with you the most?

Where have you found light? Some glimmers of hope…

Where have you been challenged or found that you’ve come against disappointment?

What would you like to take with you from this retreat as this season ends? Talk to God about this now…

We take refuge in God, we place our enduring hope in God’s promises, but when to our disappointment things do not turn out as we desire and expect, we have to acknowledge that God’s ways are not our ways. It is then that we have to learn to say, trusting in God’s providence, ‘Your will, not mine, not ours, be done.’ And as we wait in hope for God’s reign to come ‘on earth as it is in heaven’, we continue to pray for justice, for peace, for healing, for courage. (Pp. 38/39)

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.