On Sunday evening, GrACE (Grateful Advocates for Catholic Education) hosted a wonderful evening for members of the Catholic education community via videoconference. The aim was to remind everyone, in the midst of extraordinarily difficult pandemic challenges, of the reason we do not lose hope, even when circumstances mitigate against it. The evening involved music, reflections, and interventions by four Alberta Bishops, including yours truly.

I shared with everyone an image that, in my estimation, is among the most beautiful I have come across to demonstrate the grounding of Christian hope. For years I have linked the image with this blog, entitled Reason for Hope, and I am happy to include it with this particular post.

The image is found on one of the many panels of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Each one depicts an aspect of the sweep of salvation history, centered upon Christ. When I was a student in Rome years ago, I would take some time to visit the door and ponder each of its panels. The one that consistently drew my attention the most was that depicting Jesus the Good Shepherd. Pondering this image cannot fail to awaken hope.

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