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PARALYZED BY FEAR

Trajectory

 

DO you have plans, dreams, and desires for the future unfolding before you? And yet, do you sense that “something” is near? That the signs of the times point toward great changes in the world, and that to move forward with your plans would be a contradiction?

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on November 23rd, 2016 | No Comments »

Five Keys to True Joy

 

IT was a gorgeous deep-blue sky as our plane began the descent to the airport. As I peered out my little window, the brilliance of the cumulus clouds made me squint. It was a beautiful sight.

But as we plunged beneath the clouds, the world suddenly turned gray. Rain streaked across my window as the cities below seemed encamped by a foggy darkness and seemingly inescapable gloom. And yet, the reality of the warm sun and clear skies hadn’t changed. They were still there.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR, SPIRITUALITY | on October 19th, 2015 | No Comments »

Keeper of the Storm

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Opt. Memorial of The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

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“Peace Be Still” by Arnold Friberg

 

LAST week, I took some time off to take my family camping, something we rarely get to do. I set aside the Pope’s new encyclical, grabbed a fishing rod, and pushed away from shore. As I floated on the lake in a small boat, the words swam through my mind:

Keeper of the Storm…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on June 30th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Will You Leave Them for Dead?

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Monday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time, June 1st, 2015
Memorial of St. Justin

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FEAR, brothers and sisters, is silencing the Church in many places and thus imprisoning truth. The cost of our trepidation can be counted in souls: men and women left to suffer and die in their sin. Do we even think in this way anymore, think of the spiritual health of one another? No, in many parishes we do not because we are more concerned with the status quo than quoting the state of our souls.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on June 1st, 2015 | 1 Comment »

Belle, and Training for Courage

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SHE’s my horse. She’s adorable. She tries so hard to please, to do the right thing… but Belle is scared of just about everything. Well, that makes two of us.

You see, almost thirty years ago, my only sister was killed in a car accident. From that day on, I began to be afraid of just about everything: afraid to lose those I love, afraid to fail, afraid that I wasn’t pleasing God, and the list goes on. Over the years, that underlying fear has continued to unfold in so many ways… afraid that I might lose my spouse, afraid my kids might be hurt, afraid that those close to me don’t love me, afraid of debt, afraid that I’m always making the wrong decisions… In my ministry, I’ve been afraid to lead others astray, afraid to fail the Lord, and yes, afraid too at times of the billowing black clouds quickly gathering over the world.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on May 20th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Be Faithful

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Friday, January 16th, 2015

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THERE is so much happening in our world, so quickly, that it can be overwhelming. There is so much suffering, adversity, and busyness in our lives that it can be discouraging. There is so much dysfunction, societal breakdown, and division that it can be numbing. In fact, the world’s rapid descent into darkness in these times has left many fearful, despairing, paranoid… paralyzed.

But the answer to all this, brothers and sisters, is to simply be faithful.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on January 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

So Why are You Afraid?


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JESUS said, “Father, they are your gift to me.” [1]John 17:24

      So how does one treat a precious gift?

Jesus said, “You are my friends.” [2]John 15:14

      So how does one support his friends?

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1. John 17:24
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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on December 4th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

Resolute

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for September 30th, 2014
Memorial of St. Jerome

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ONE man laments his sufferings. The other goes straight toward them. One man questions why he was born. Another fulfills His destiny. Both men long for their deaths.

The difference being that Job wants to die to end his suffering. But Jesus wants to die to end our suffering. And thus…

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on September 29th, 2014 | No Comments »

Persevere…

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for July 21st – July 26th, 2014
Ordinary Time

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IN truth, brothers and sisters, since writing the “Flame of Love” series on our Mother and Lord’s plan (see The Convergence and the Blessing, More on the Flame of Love, and The Rising Morning Star), I have had a very difficult time writing anything since then. If you’re going to promote the Woman, the dragon is never far behind. It’s all a good sign. Ultimately, it is the sign of the Cross.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Don’t Be Afraid to Be Light

THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for June 2nd – June 7th, 2014
of the Seventh Week of Easter

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DO you only debate with others over morality, or do you also share with them your love for Jesus and what He is doing in your life? Many Catholics today are very comfortable with the former, but not with the latter. We can make our intellectual views known, and sometimes forcefully, but then we are quiet, if not silent, when it comes to opening our hearts. This can be for two basic reasons: either we are ashamed to share what Jesus is doing in our souls, or we actually have nothing to say because our inner life with Him is neglected and dead, a branch disconnected from the Vine… a light bulb unscrewed from the Socket.

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, MASS READINGS, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on June 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

Five Means to "Be Not Afraid"

 

 

Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ”! —BLESSED JOHN PAUL II, Homily, Saint Peter’s Square, October 22, 1978, No. 5

 

“YES, I know John Paul II often said, “Be not afraid!” But if we are facing a purification of the world, and even the manifestation of an Antichrist, how can I possibly not be afraid?”

Are you perhaps asking this question?

The answer is that the holy courage Blessed John Paul II calls us to is not an emotion, but a divine gift. It is the gift of faith. If you are afraid, it may be precisely because you have not yet fully opened the gift… So here are five ways for you to begin walking in holy courage in our times. (These five means are also “hidden” in the homily Pope Francis gave during the dark hours of Easter Vigil…)

 

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on April 12th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Conquering Fear In Our Times

Fifth Joyful Mystery: The Finding in the Temple, by Michael D. O’Brien.

 

LAST week, the Holy Father sent 29 newly ordained priests into the world asking them to "proclaim and witness to joy." Yes! We must all continue to witness to others the joy of knowing Jesus.

But many Christians do not even feel joy, let alone witness to it. In fact, many are full of stress, anxiety, fear, and a sense of abandonment as the pace of life quickens, the cost of living increases, and they watch the news headlines unfold around them. "How," some ask, "can I be joyful?"

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Published in: A DAILY JOURNAL, PARALYZED BY FEAR | on July 27th, 2011 | 2 Comments »