Fear

Freedom and Detachment – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Freedom and Detachment – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

“Are we not perhaps all afraid in some way? If we let Christ enter fully into our lives, if we open ourselves totally to him, are we not afraid that He might take something away from us…something significant, something unique, something that makes life so beautiful? Do we not then risk ending up diminished and deprived of our freedom? . . . No! If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful and great. No! Only in this friendship are the doors of life opened wide. Only in this friendship is the great potential of human existence truly revealed. Only in this friendship do we experience beauty and liberation…Do not be afraid of Christ! He takes nothing away, and he gives you everything. When we give ourselves to him, we receive a hundredfold in return. Yes, open, open wide the doors to Christ – and you will find true life. Amen.”

More

Not Afraid – First Reading in Preparation for the Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

When we marched up that hill, we, like the Chinese Christians before us, were singing truth to our trembling hearts so that we might live confidently in the day ahead. We sang the truth that whatever we faced, If we put our trust in Him, He would be with us, He would see us through, and He would bring us to the bright future and destiny He has always planned for us. It is the truth that is proclaimed to God’s people on almost every page of Scripture:

“Fear not! I am with you. I will deliver you.”

More

Weathering the Storm – Gospel in Preparation for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weathering the Storm – Gospel in Preparation for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…true faith is not simply acknowledging God’s ability; it is trusting His heart. It is trusting that the greatest reality of all are not the dangers and hardships we face, but rather “the Love that moves the sun and the other stars” and that we are promised that “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation”—storms included—will be able to separate us from that love (Rom 8:38-39).

But most of all, it is holding on to the truth that ‘in everything God works for good for those who love him.’ (Rom 8:28; CCC 313)”

More

Turning Away from Fear – First Reading of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Turning Away from Fear – First Reading of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Too often we find ourselves hiding in Elijah’s cave, lying on a bed of misery and self-pity. Because he cares, the still small voice of God will always come, and will be kind but firm: ”What are you doing here?” “Go, return on your way….and when you arrive you shall…” It is in coming out of the dark dungeon of self –absorption and self-pity and into the bright light of fearless service to Him and loving service to His children that we will find life, and that abundantly.

More