Anxiety

From Anxiety to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

From Anxiety to Peace – Second Reading in Preparation for the Third Sunday in Advent

So where do we find the gift of living without debilitating anxiety? Many say the answer is right here in these few verses: it is taking everything to the Lord in prayer. But that is only so if something far more fundamental has happened first: we have come to trust the Lord and his love for us and are confident that when we pray he always hears and always answers. Anxiety diminishes as faith increases.

One small verse in Isaiah captures the secret, “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is staid on you, because he trusts in you”(Isaiah 26:3)

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Overcoming Anxiety – Second Reading for the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Overcoming Anxiety – Second Reading for the Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Our Lord has said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27) We all thirst for that peace but as Pierre de Caussade wrote, “When one is thirsty one quenches one’s thirst by drinking, not by reading books that treat of this condition”. Here St. Paul has given us three wonderful cups of water which, if drunk, can assist us in experiencing the peace our Lord has promised and has already provided. But they must be drunk.

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