Blessed Hope Communications, Inc. bears witness to the hope by word and deed.
We proclaim the hope of the church as it is revealed in sacred Scripture, understood by the Catholic Church and expressed in her liturgy.
The Catholic Church prays, "Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!" daily, above all in the Eucharist. She celebrates Advent, Christ's Ascension, and the Feast of Christ the King as important reminders in the liturgical life of the Church that Jesus is coming soon.
"But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:8-9
We pray and work for Christian unity in the conviction that Jesus is coming back for one church, one Bride.
"Remember seek unity,
which is the work of the Holy Spirit,
and do not fear diversity....
Prepare the Bride
for the Bridegroom who comes!
In contrast to the prevailing culture that insists on power and success, we acknowledge total dependence on the Holy Spirit to prepare the Bride for her Bridegroom. "The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 677).
We share our experience of living as men and women awaiting the Lord's return in a spirit of joy, simplicity and obedience to the Holy Spirit.
The Church exhorts her children to be ready with lamps lit and with the oil of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 25:1-13). We all need the grace of the Holy Spirit in order to lead holy lives as we wait for Christ's return. "When he comes at the end of time to judge the living and the dead, the glorious Christ will reveal the secret dispositions of the heart and will render to each according to his deeds and according to his or her acceptance or refusal of grace" (CCC, 682).
"For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ."
Because the glorious Messiah's coming is suspended at every moment of history until his recognition by all Israel (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 674) we ponder the sign expressed by the Messianic Jewish movement.
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