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Fear and Worry

“Worry is a weakness from which very few of us are entirely free. We must be on guard against this most insidious enemy of our peace of soul. Instead, let us foster confidence in God, and thank Him ahead of time for whatever He chooses to send us.” -Blessed Solanus Casey

Blessed Solanus Casey’s words about worry are still very much true today in this current society. Worry can be a slow acting poison that can weaken our souls and leave us open to more subtle forms of spiritual attack. Specifically taking about fear in this case. Given the events of the world that are always unfolding. It is way to easy to get caught up in that fear. We are always on guard and fearful for what tragic event will unfold. Given the endless news cycles this isn’t a surprise.

  While some fear can be healthy. The majority of it is not. Because much like many negative emotions it can open us up to deep spiritual attack and not even realize it. When we live our lives in a constant state of fear it can make us act in ways we normally would not. Making rational thinking people act in very irrational ways. In our quest to find resolution to a crisis we do things more out of direct reaction than by remaining calm and thinking things though. People often demand action when a crisis hits. Yet in that quest they give into fear and propose blanket actions that may or may not even come close to helping with matters at hand. When we give into that fear then we become a pawn in a spiritual warfare.

The evil one does not want peace in our hearts nor does he want us to trust God. This is why he uses such tools to ruin our peace and our relationship with Christ. Even when the Apostles were tossed about in the boat. Even in their fear Christ remained with them and calmed the storm. He can also calm the storm with in our own hearts. Giving us much needed clarity to act in a much more rational way. Humans may never be able to completely remove fear and worry from our hearts. However Blessed Solanus also gives us wisdom: "let us foster confidence in God, and thank Him ahead of time for whatever He chooses to send us." God and prayer are the answers to our own fears.

Events of the world will always unfold around us. Often in dramatic and scary ways. However no matter what is going on we must put our focus on Christ. That is the one way to ease up on our own fears. Allowing us to think clearly in a time when the world seems to have lost the plot. Prayer will give us proper understanding on how we can navigate these events. Along with putting things into perspective that allows us to see God more clearly. -

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