“There is nothing better or more necessary than love.” ~ St. John of the Cross

What are you afraid of?

In the Gospel reading (1 John 4:11-18) and (Mark 6:45-52), one very clear message is: Fear not!

We all have fears, and they divide us from God. They prevent us from entering fully into his love. They hold us back from doing everything that God asks of us. They trap us in unhealthy patterns of living that keep us feeling miserable and cause us to make others feel miserable. They paralyze our emotional healing and our spiritual growth.

Why do we put up with them?

Think of the word “fear” as F.E.A.R., which stands for False Evidence Appearing Real.

Fears have power over us because they are lying to us and we believe their lies. Imagine how silly it would be for a bird to say: “I am not going to learn to fly, because I can’t see how the air can hold me up! Even when I see other birds flying, I know that the air won’t hold ME up.”

Trusting God is like that. We cannot see how God, who is no more visible than air, could enable us to fly with the wings of faith. If it doesn’t look possible, then we assume it is impossible. Read more…

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