“Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care.”
As a theological virtue, hope is given or infused by God. It is not something we create ourselves or something we can achieve through our own effort. With faith and love, it is a gift. We must receive it. This dynamic reveals something else extremely important about hope. We must receive it, but we must receive it from someone, namely, God. Therefore, hope is not an isolated practice, discipline, or virtue. It is not a concept that dwells within you or me only or individually.