Catholic Dictionary

Term

HOPE, ACT OF

Definition

An act confident expectation of possessing God in heaven and of obtaining the necessary grace to reach this destiny. Acts of hope are required in times of temptation to discouragement or despair, and are implicit in every supernaturally good work. A simple and highly authorized act of hope says: "My God, I hope in You, for grace and for glory, because of Your promises, Your mercy and Your power. Amen."