Tag Archives: Fear

33rd Sunday of the Year: Persevere in faith to face our fears. Catholic Inspiration

What are we afraid of? As we embrace our faith in Jesus Christ we have the power to confront our fears and engage our life for service in the world. Fear points out our weak spots so that we can call upon the Lord for the grace we need to live for God.

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

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33rd Sunday of the Year: Facing the tough times.

Study: Consider a time when you felt paralyzed by fear.  What helped you to act in a healthy way?

Pray: Do you have a situation where you are struggling for the right words to day?  Ask the Lord for the wisdom to speak.

Serve:  Is someone struggling in your life right now?  How can you help them persevere?

Mass Readings – 33rd Sunday of the Year

In the Gospel Jesus responds to the questions of those who are wondering when the destruction of the Temple will happen.  Through the course of his dialogue three key points surface:

  1. Do not fear.
  2. Trust in the Lord for the wisdom to speak.
  3. Persevere!

These points are crucial – they touch so much of our daily lives!  How often have we experienced moments of fear, or searched for just the right words to say, or looked for strength when we felt weak?  This advice is solid, practical, and helpful.

And yet while we may very well find ourselves nodding in agreement, we also know that this is often hard to do.  Fear can suffocate us and manipulate how we speak and act; sometimes we speak and live to regret what we said or how we said it; and there are days when we wonder why are we doing what we do.

The Lord understands.  Christ faced his fears in the Garden of Gethsemane; he spoke to the hearts of those who persecuted him, even as he persevered on the way to Calvary.

Today we examine our lives for vulnerable spots where we are weak and prone to temptation.  It is here that we call upon the Lord – to face our fears, trust in God’s wisdom, and keep going with a strength that is greater than our own.

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Note: This post was first published on November 7, 2016.


Daily Mass: Letting go of useless worry. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord’s insight about useless worry addresses a common human condition.  We can easily waste the gift of life being anxious over things that give us nothing in return!  Instead, may we focus on the Kingdom of God for the grace and strength we need.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 11th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Facing deception and fear. Catholic Inspiration

The Lord urges the people to not be led by deception and fear.  Instead, we face these obstacles with the grace that comes God.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 34th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Facing our fears. Catholic Inspiration

St. Peter’s call to Jesus across the water offers us a number of aspects of fear as it appears in our hearts.  From terror to doubt, from panic to illness…Christ comes and strengthens our faith so we can respond to his saving gift of grace.

Mass Readings – Tuesday of the 18th Week of the Year

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Daily Mass: Confronting fear with our faith in Christ. Catholic Inspiration

Fear is a common human experience, yet the Lord invites us to reject it.  We find the power to do this when we call upon Jesus Christ, who gives us the grace we need to face our fear as we follow in faith.

Mass Readings – Saturday of the 14th Week of the Year

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Pentecost: Come Holy Spirit! Catholic Inspiration

The Holy Spirit transforms the Lord’s disciples, empowering them in the face of adversity and uniting them in love.  The same Spirit continues to work in our lives today, inviting us to call out for the help and guidance we need as we journey through this life.

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