A Letter from
Brother Daniele Caglioni, A.A.
I know that we’re in the final stretch of the semester, when papers pile up and there seems to be a quiz every other day… I don’t mean to add another thing to your to-do list, but I have a little assignment for you. In the weeks that remain of this unprecedented year, and in the months of Summer that await us, I want you to exercise your hope.
A few years ago, I was listening to a podcast called “Living the Questions,” part of the On Being Project, which explores deep questions of life, spirituality, and community. In one episode, the creator Krista Tippett insists that hope is a muscle that we must exercise if we are to live full, healthy lives.
Her advice makes me think of this past year we’ve lived through together, how so many things were postponed, lost, or canceled… It can be easy to give in this constant “No.” and think it will never end…
We are a people of hope, however. In his first letter to the first Christians, Peter encourages them to always be ready to give an answer for their hope. Our “hope muscle” cannot disappear. As Summer approaches and medical professionals continue to help us fight COVID, I think there’s a lot to be hopeful about. I’ve been encouraging some student leaders to do some hoping, some dreaming this Summer, and I offer the same challenge to you. How can you exercise your hope in the months ahead?
(Brother Daniele graduated from Assumption in 2013 and is completing his first year as a Campus Minister.)