[Hope is] an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. … Hope is not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
I came across this quote in Fr. Bryan Massingale’s Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, where he adds:
I speak of hope in the African American experience as that inner orientation of the human spirit that motivates and sustains one to work for a nonguaranteed future in the face of formidable obstacles. … Hope is the calm confidence that the Beloved Community and the welcome table are visions worthy of trust, and worth giving one’s life for their realization.