Father Robert Lauder, a St. John’sphilosophy professor, ended his FaithHope and Love Lenten Series yesterdaywith a final lecture on the need for hope.
The lecture, the third in a series of three,took place in St. Thomas More Church.
Fr. Lauder opened his sermon with aquote from the Gospel according to John,saying, “We need only trust in Him andfollow His will.”
Fr. Lauder also discussed the contrastbetween “hope” and “wish.” He explainedthat a “wish “is focused on something inparticular, while a hope alone “gives Godunlimited credit.”
Throughout his sermon, Fr. Laudergave examples from his personal life andmade reference to plays such as “Waitingfor Godot” and “Long Days Journey intoNight.”
“Hope is infectious,” he said.Fr. Lauder said that people are nowall living in an age where they find lifecommitments difficult, then gave theexample that less men are becomingpriests, less women are becoming nunsand that two out of three marriages endin divorce.
“I would like to suggest we create ourown future,” he said. “By our choice weco-create [with God] who we are.”Both University students andprofessors attended the event.
“It was an interesting topic on hopewhich showed the importance anddifference between the meaning behindhope and life,” said Matthew Knotts, asenior, when asked about what he got outof attending the sermon.
Chelsie Sapp, a freshman, said thelecture taught her more about having apersonal connection with God.
“It helped me realize that God is everpresent in our lives and that He reallycares about the things we are goingthrough,” she said.
Amy Marinaro, a sophomore, said shelearned about prayer.”It showed the importance of havingprayer and having a conversation withGod in all aspects of life,” she said.
When asked after his sermon what thefocal point was, Fr. Lauder said, “God’slove surrounds us every minute of ourlives and that should free us to be trustingand have hope in God.”