Guest blog image by Mario ToneguzziI have been reflecting these days on the virtue of hope.

That’s natural I guess considering we are entering these days of remembrance of the passion of Jesus Christ – when He was betrayed, condemned, savagely beaten, crucified, buried.

But for Christians the idea of hope comes in on the third day – His resurrection.

We all get beaten down at times in our lives by forces that overwhelm us. Right now in Calgary, for thousands of people, the force of a vicious downturn in the economy has put them out of work.

Unemployment can be devastating for people. And when it comes at a time when the light at the end of the tunnel seems very far away, from an economic point of view, it is easy to lose hope in the future.

I’ve been thinking a lot about that recently. Where does our hope come from in the face of such adversity?

For some people, it simply doesn’t unfortunately. They spiral down into a deep sense of despair. They see no light at the end of the tunnel.

Hope is a longing for a future positive outcome during a time of despair.

And it is a choice. Most of the time we can’t control the forces that unexpectedly wreak havoc on our lives. But we can control how we react to those circumstances and how we view the future.

Do we look at it from a negative perspective or a positive one? It does make all the difference.

Choose hope. The reason I do is because throughout my life I have noticed that things may appear bleak at certain times when you are going through a crisis but years later you realize something. You realize you have made it through that stage of your life and all is well. As Shakespeare penned years ago: ”All’s well that ends well.”

I am reminded as well about a song by former Beatle George Harrison from many years ago:

”All things must pass
All things must pass away
All things must pass
None of life’s strings can last
So, I must be on my way
And face another day”


– Mario Toneguzzi, Journalist/Writer/Editor/Content Producer/Communications Specialist