Frequently Asked Questions
What does your title mean?
Our title comes from Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical On Hope: "The dark
door of time, of the future, has been thrown open. The one who hopes
lives differently; the one who hopes has been granted the gift of a new
What is the purpose of this blog?
We live in a noisy world where it can be difficult to
foster the important, quiet, intangible things that have not only
life-changing, but also culture-changing potential, like the greatest
commandment: Love God and love your neighbor. We're talking about
powerful things like manifesting God's love in a messy world and the
power of being a true witness.
This blog is an experiment in
fostering these essential intangibles through prayer and study and
providing a respite from important, but "noisy" topics that have a
tendency to swamp these intangibles. So you will not find discussions
here on politics or how to solve problems on the level of laws and
government and voting. Instead, we will emphasize what we can do as
individuals on a very personal level to live God's laws of love and
change the world by changing ourselves.
Why have you chosen these particular books?
We will be reading a
variety of books both spiritual and practical that we have found helpful
in living our lives as Christians and Catholics. We have chosen books
that are very accessible and engaging. Not all are Catholic, but we will
be discussing them in light of our faith and use the Bible and the
Catechism of the Catholic Church as our basic reference points.