Faith precedes hope

Why? Because hope requires a known object, and hope as a theological virtue (that is, the only hope which in Thomas’s opinion is worth the name) finds its object in the eternal beatitude of life with God. But we only know about this blessing if we are told, which knowledge we receive in faith. Therefore, to hope in God, we must first have faith in him.

From ST, IIa IIae, 17, 7.

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