Understanding Hope, The Second Theological Virtue
Theological virtue of faith is the belief that God will give eternal life to those who cooperate. Hope is a combination of hope and expectation, as well as recognizing the difficulties involved in attaining eternal life. Even though salvation is possible for all, the possibility of hopelessness for those who have not yet been saved is not possible (Philippians 2:12).
God will not take away the gift of Hope from our Souls. But we can make it disappear by our actions. If we lose faith, we have no grounds to believe in God’s omnipotence, goodness, or fidelity to the promises he made. If we doubt God’s goodness or fidelity and continue to believe in God, we fall into despair. If we refuse to repent, then we reject the possibility that we can be saved. There are two types graces: actual and sanctifying. The soul is able to retain sanctifying grace. It is what makes the soul holy. It gives the soul spiritual life. It is also called supernatural life. Actual grace is an encouragement or push from the supernatural. It’s transient. It doesn’t exist in the soul. However, it acts outside the soul. It is a supernatural kick in your pants. It stimulates our intellect and will, so that we can find and keep sanctifying grace. What will you do first? That’s right: die. Because you’re not equipped to survive underwater, you’d end up dead. You don’t possess the right breathing apparatus. You can’t live in the deep sea without equipment that you don’t have. Your soul is the same. It’s not ready for heaven in its original state. It doesn’t have all the equipment necessary to make it a heaven-worthy soul. There is more to life than just natural life. This supernatural life, also known as sanctifying faith, is what you need. In order to live in paradise, you will need sanctifying faith. When sanctifying grace is present in your soul, you will have all the tools you need to live in heaven.