Top 8 Catholic Quotes on Hope
In today’s world, everyone can use some hope. This powerful feeling says that good things are coming on the horizon — it’s the feeling that life will work out, even though present circumstances may say otherwise.
When the world feels like it’s only going in a negative direction, Catholics must cling to hope. When the world says all hope is lost, Catholics have something to hope for — eternal life with God and the knowledge that good will win in the end.
Here are eight Catholic quotes on hope that can encourage and remind you to keep your hope in God today.
4 Catholic Saint Quotes About Hope
Let’s start with four Catholic quotes about hope from some of the most inspiring saints of the faith:
1. St. John Paul II
“I plead with you — never, ever give up on hope; never doubt, never tire and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.”
St. John Paul II served as the Catholic Pope from 1978 to 2005. In that time, he inspired the world to hold onto hope in the face of fearful circumstances like the Cold War and the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Many felt hopeless at the time, but St. John Paul II used this quote and others to remind Catholics to stay strong, never give up and always trust in God to carry us to the other side of adversity.
2. St. Catherine of Siena
“Nothing great is ever achieved without enduring much.”
St. Catherine of Siena was born in 1347. She loved the Catholic Church and devoted her life to supporting and upholding its values. In her life, she endured the Black Plague and stayed strong through upheavals and schisms in the Church, serving as an example of hope.
This quote reminds Catholics that great things in this life are worth fighting for. You may have to make it through a tough time in life, but if you stay hopeful and endure, you can experience the good things God has planned for you.
3. St. Isidore of Seville
“That fear is useful which is buoyed up by hope and is not weighed down by despair.”
Known as the “schoolmaster of the Middle Ages,” St. Isidore of Seville was born in 560 and lived to be nearly 80 years old. He spent much of his life educating himself and even wrote an encyclopedia that people referenced for over a thousand years.
St. Isidore of Seville’s quote reminds us that we may experience fear during our lives, but we get to choose how we use it. You can choose to hope in the face of fear, transforming the fear into a tool to spur you onward.
St. Isidore of Seville did this during his life, serving as a beacon of light to the world during the Dark Ages.
4. St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina
“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”
St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, born in 1887, was an avid follower of St. Francis of Assisi. He entered the Capuchin Friars and took the Franciscan habit at age 16. From there, he went on to live a noteworthy life of charity, prayer and counseling.
This quote simplifies how Catholics are to respond to worry. In short, worrying is pointless. This is because God has mercy on us and hears our prayers. St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina lived out this truth in his life of prayer. He serves as an example that when you spend your time praying, you have much less time to worry.
4 Catholic Bible Quotes on Hope
The Bible is the ultimate source of hope for Catholics. Below, you’ll find four verses on hope to help you through whatever you’re facing:
1. Romans 15:13
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” — Romans 15:13.
Here, Paul tells us that God is the God of hope. As Catholics, we can abound in hope through the Holy Spirit, which is God’s gift to us. This verse also reminds us that we can experience peace and joy in our belief in God. Even when the world comes crashing down, our belief in God and Jesus Christ is our anchor of hope through the storm.
2. Isaiah 40:31
“They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength…” — Isaiah 40:31.
This entire verse is worth memorizing, as it goes on to paint a beautifully poetic picture of what it looks like when one hopes in God. What we can glean from this section is that hope can restore one’s strength after it has been lost. The world can try to beat you down, and sometimes, it may even succeed. But when you put your hope in God, he will raise you up and give you strength again.
By putting your hope in God, you can continue the work and the plans that He has for you.
3. Romans 12:12
“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” — Romans 12:12.
We can all relate to this need today. This verse describes three core tenants of how to make it through tough times — rejoicing in hope, enduring during moments of affliction and persevering in prayer. Remaining steadfast in those three aspects — with hope at the forefront — is how we can stay strong, even during difficulties.
4. Hebrews 10:23
“Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope, for he who made the promise is trustworthy” — Hebrews 10:23.
Jesus promises to always be with us, and He is trustworthy to keep His promises. The writer of Hebrews reminds us in this quote that we should hold tightly to our confession of being followers of Jesus. In that confession, we have hope that Jesus will be with us, even in the darkest of times.
Give Hope to Those in Need With Catholic World Mission
The world needs hope now more than ever. As Catholics, we have true hope thanks to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The saints who have come before us confirm this in their words and deeds.
At Catholic World Mission, we strive to empower people worldwide to escape poverty and come to know Jesus. We show these people that there’s hope for a better future first by alleviating physical poverty and then by showing them they can overcome spiritual poverty, as well. That’s something to put hope in.
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Deacon Rick Medina is the Executive Director of Catholic World Mission and oversees the management of all of Catholic World Mission's projects in over 35 countries. He was ordained a deacon of the archdiocese of Atlanta in 2013. He currently serves at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody, Georgia, and is active in several ministries, including RCIA, baptism preparation, Life Teen, Altar Server group, Grief Share, and Adult Faith Formation.