Hope – The Seeds of Life in a Desert of Despair

“Hope is the resilient seed of life allowing us to find within the desert of despair the fresh green evidence of life. This is why Hope isn’t a virtue you cultivate on your own but rather a grace from God one must passively receive. The Christian must exercise “Active receptivity” in which one pursues opportunities to be available to the transforming work God does in a receiving heart. Be open to the seeds of hope and allow God to plant them in your desert of despair and you will see life where it seems only death is found.” -Dominick D. Hankle



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Dominick D. Hankle PhD

Dr. Hankle has 20 years of experience in pastoral counseling and pastoral ministry. He is founder of the organization “From Emmaus to Jerusalem,” that promotes sacramental healing, spiritual direction, and counseling. His publication and presentation topics include spiritual discernment, the use of the psalms in therapy, and healing from a holistic perspective. He has also written about the use of psychology in priestly formation and other faith topics. Dr. Hankle serves as a priest in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, a convergence community and pastors a community in Virginia Beach called Emmaus Fellowship.

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