In his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul talks of the three main virtues of the Christian life; faith, hope and love.  He says that these three last.  He also says that love is the greatest; “the greatest of these is love” (cf.1 Cor 13:13).  Christian believers esteem these virtues as theological, that is they give us a supernatural connection to God.  Moreover they direct all the other virtues including the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance so that we can live like Christ.  Together these seven virtues create the interior transformation of the Christian life.

In this edition of Lumen Gratiae we focus on the virtue of hope.  More than a feeling of expectation or desire, hope gives us certainty about the future.  We know that if we follow Christ authentically, if we walk in his footsteps, we will share in his heavenly life.  The strength for this sequela Christi comes from the grace He gives us in the sacraments, apart from which following Christ would be impossible.  As Dominicans we proclaim the sequela Christi as bequeathed to us by our holy father Dominic.

Several important events have transpired since our previous issue, events that strengthen the virtue of hope.  We will highlight these events in this issue.  They include the success of the Vicariate assembly which not only witnessed the election of the first native born Vicar Provincial, but also expanded the scope of Lumen Gratiae from simply covering the priory of St Dominic (Nairobi) to covering the entire East African vicariate.  In addition, we have witnessed the growth of the studentate and the novitiate.  However, with these signs of hope also come new challenges.  Facing these challenges with renewed hope will solidify our presence in East Africa and enhance our preaching and teaching as St. Dominic encourages us.  

In this issue we include reflections related to our life of study; a reflection on Lonergan’s work, Insight, and a reflection by Fr. Leo entitled Theology of Evangelical poverty.  We also include articles related to our communal life of fraternity and prayer; The Fraternal life at St. Martin de Porres and The Day the Cow Fell in the Pond.  In addition we include reflections related to our apostolic life; St. Dominic’s Kianja Parish and The Dominican Youth Movement.

We pray that the virtue of hope will increase in all of us.  In this regard we ask the intercession of St Dominic and the special intercession of our Blessed Mother, Mary, the model par excellence of the virtue of hope.  May the Lord Jesus Christ increase our hope.

Keep us in your prayers.  We look forward to your feedback.