By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fear Not

Often, the meditations from have striking effect. I quote from today's because fear is always an issue with us mortals:

As little children, we overcame some fears by simply holding our parents' hands. Even when our parents were not nearby, their assuring words often kept us from yielding to fear. We overcome all fears in a similar way, keeping our hands in the nail-scarred hand of Jesus. Although we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil, for He is with us (Ps 23:4). We fearlessly undertake the fearsome task of making disciples of all nations because He promised to be with us always, even "until the end of the world" (Mt 28:20).

"The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom should I fear? The Lord is my life's Refuge; of whom should I be afraid?" (Ps 27:1) "Fear nothing, then" (Lk 12:7).

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Later, the meditation mentions how one saint found the courage to lead an abundant life with many demanding roles in life. We are called to the same. The pay-off from escaping fear is empowerment to live a truly abundant life in many roles beyond what we think we are able or can (and, surely, on our own steam, we are indeed right to think that we cannot carry out so many roles).