[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992]
What is it that convinces us of the truth another speaks or convinces us of the credibility and authenticity of the person’s witness? Is it that we sense a deep-seated conviction, a rightness, a passion that enlivens his or her words and actions? They really believe in what they say! “Be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope.” Hope rests on a conviction, a certainty. It implies that something stands behind us supporting us, something unseen and intangible that allows one to go through life confidently and peacefully. Hope is what sustains faith over the long haul.