James Carroll

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FIRST-PERSON: A confident reason for hope

We lament Monday’s tragic loss of life through what is an all-too-common circumstance, and we join in praying for those directly impacted by this murderous rampage. These heinous acts not only break our hearts, they tempt us to despair. But even in disorienting times of great sorrow, we are not shaken because we have hope. The biblical concept of hope is not wishful thinking or naive optimism; rather, it is joyful, confident expectation for the future.