We chose Martha because:

  • Martha got cranky. She invited Jesus into her family’s home and, while she was bustling about getting everything perfect, her sister Mary just sat and listened to their guest. Who wouldn’t be a little upset? But when she complained to Jesus, the answer was unexpected: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42 NRSVCE) We pledge to  attendees that they can shut off their inner Martha and listen to Jesus as soon as they arrive. We’ve taken care of all the details. For you, there is need of only one thing here.
  • Martha had unshakable faith amid crisis. Her brother was dead and she knew, if their friend had been there, Lazarus would still be alive. She told Jesus that. Still, when Jesus said Lazarus would rise again, she did not expect Jesus to bring him back immediately, but rather on the last day. When Jesus probed her statement, she answered, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.” (John 11:27 NRSVCE) We pledge to attendees that speakers and other resources will help you believe that the Lord’s plan is best, even when we can’t see it, and arm you to battle the demons of discouragement and self-doubt.

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Welcome to your Future with Hope!

Our Patron Saint: Martha

Future with Hope was founded in 2015 by four faithful Catholic women in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, as a not-for-profit LLC to help Catholic women over forty understand the richness the Lord has ahead for them.


                    In December 2017, Melanie Rigney became                          the LLC's sole owner. Melanie is the author of                      two books on women saints: Blessed Are                             You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in                          Faith and Sisterhood of Saints: Daily                                  Guidance and Inspiration. Melanie also writes for Living Faith. She is divorced and annulled and worships at St. Agnes in Arlington.