In the face of a great personal tragedy, Jesus insists to the synagogue official Jairus that he replace his fear with trust. To hope is to be convinced that God is greater than any problem in our life. Hope also transforms our expectations for happiness. It moves us to place our greatest desires in God and in heaven, rather than in anything in this earthly life. By practicing Christian hope, especially during the most difficult times, we free ourselves to love and help the world in a more truthful and effective way.