Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Vincent Johnson

4/15/2014 (6 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

We all have fears. Some of them we face and overcome; others we hide from.

We all have fears whether we acknowledge them or not. The question may be if we are mobilized by these fears in our spiritual and/or Worldly lives?? I have the answer to overcoming these fears!

Trust God, he is always there.

Trust God, he is always there.

Highlights

By Vincent Johnson

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/15/2014 (6 months ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: Love, Surrender, Jesus Christ, fear, trust, faith, love, God, apostles, burdon


MOORESVILLE, N.C. - We all have fears. Some of them we face and overcome; others we hide from, dodging them throughout our lives. We allow them to dictate our lives to us. We become enslaved to our fears, much as you can become a slave to sin. Sometime in our lives we must, at the very least, look at our fear. We must make a judgment if the reward of freedom from that fear is worth the risk of facing, engaging and overpowering the dread and pain the fear may offer us.

Help feed the starving by going here

When I think of fear, I often think of the apostles - especially at this time of year. They all were for forced to face a fear that may have been hidden in their psyche or one they had dealt with throughout their lives. Usually, our fears are a very private matter, as they indicate weakness. The apostles, I can only assume, kept their fears private. When Christ said to them 'strike the shepherd and the flock will scatter' was a prophecy the apostles may not have understood until Our Lord was taken away in chains. Looking at some of the behaviors to the situation involved a 'fight or flight' reaction to the fear they felt. Peter pulled a sword and stuck the high priest's servant, John fled! We ourselves have had these various reactions to our fears.

Personally my fears ruled my life both in the world and the spirit. In these fears I felt isolated from God, alone, and afraid. Many of these fears were unrealistic and irrational, but they felt so real to me to the point of physical symptoms and altering directions of my life's path; even veering away from the path God may have chosen for me. Hindsight; ever perfect vision, shows how my life would have been very different if I was able to cope in healthy ways with those fears and even finding ways to overcome them. I also thought that maybe this was supposed to be the path God had for me. Maybe it all built up to this moment in time!

What I have found is that my fear can be turned into strength, decisiveness, and peace. Yes, I have found my solution; Submission and Surrender. Wait a minute, that doesn't sound like Strength!! I am at my strongest, I have the most peace, and I have God centered discernment. 'Be Not Afraid' as Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior said. I submit and surrender my will to God each day, each moment in my life - now. Easy to say and difficult to do; but if you desire to be rid of all those things that keep you from being the man or woman God created you to be then it is possible. 'In Christ, All things are possible' Each day I go to the Cross and bring with me each fear, weakness, or burden that is interfering with my capacity to follow Christ and Be Christ to others; and lay it down at the foot of the Cross. I ask Jesus to take up my burdens in His hands and do with me what He wills. Just typing these words give me great peace. So, go to Our Loving Savior, for He is the answer!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Blog

#StopEbolaStrike, Protect America

Image of Ebola has a very high death rate.

By Cheryl Jones

There is currently a #StopEbolaStrike under that hash tag on Twitter. LOS ANGELES, CA - Those who are studying this out, scientists, say that this Ebola is a different strain from those that have gone before. It may spread easier. It may go airborne. It may have an ... continue reading


Homosexuals Have Gifts to Offer: Why That Shouldn't Be News to Anyone

Image of Synod of Bishops on marriage and family

By Tara K. E. Brelinsky

What bugs me about the headline is that it labels one group of sinners as though the rest of the Christian community is sinless or perhaps less sinful. The headline could just as easily read "Adulterers or Fornicators or Drunks or Liars or Thieves or Murderers ... continue reading


The Brittany Maynard Dilemma: Culture of Life vs Suicidal Euthanasia

Image of All things are possible through prayer.

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CC

As you probably have read on the internet or in newspapers, or seen on TV news, a 29 year old woman named Brittany Maynard has decided to end her life. Where is the outrage over her decision to commit suicidal euthanasia on November 1st, which happens to be ALL SAINTS ... continue reading


Waiting For The Company of Even One Priest

Image of

By Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, O.S.B.

Imagine the pain our Lord suffers every day because of those priests who ignore Him and flee from His company. CANASTOTA, NY - No need to imagine. Read, ponder and share the most recent post from Father Mark on Vultus Christi. These powerful words are taken from ... continue reading


Our Lady of the Rosary, Adoration and My Friend Mike

Image of 'The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known...'

~Archbishop Fulton Sheen

By Michael Seagriff

We celebrated the memorial of our Lady of the Rosary on October 7, which was instituted by Pope Pius V. He attributed the naval victory over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 to the Blessed Mother's intercession after the Christian world sought her aid through ... continue reading


Prayer is Life Changing

Image of There is unlimited power in prayer. Prayer has the capacity to change all things for the better.

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CC

I don't know about you, but at times in my own life, I forget to pray first before doing anything else, when things go awry. When negative, difficult or challenging things start to happen in my life, I may pace, begin to worry, knit, sew, call a friend, or run an ... continue reading


I Had A Dream to Pray the Rosary

Image of The repetition in the Rosary is meant to lead one into restful and contemplative prayer.

By Cheryl Jones

I had a dream, actually two dreams in successive nights. 'For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not.  In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and ... continue reading


4 Powerful Ways to Prevent and Ease Depression

Image of Prayer and meditation are helpful for those suffering from depression

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CC

'Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from ... continue reading


There is No Room for Envy in a Grateful Heart

Image of Praying the Rosary enables us to accept God's grace and follow His commands with ease.

By by Tara K. E. Brelinsky

It really is amazing how easily any situation can be transformed by humility and gratitude. Although we can't afford a trip to Disney nowadays, we were blessed with a few days at the beach during the off-season. My husband could only share part of the time with ... continue reading


Jesus' Great Invitation - 'Come Unto Me All Who are Weary'

Image of When we become humble enough to accept our imperfections and frailties, we become strong in Jesus.

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill, RN, BSN, CC

Have you ever met someone who you just know is a Christian? Of course you have. They are the ones who consistently personify and exhibit abject peace, love, joy, forgiveness, goodness, faithfulness, constancy and steadfastness. They are the ones you turn to when you ... continue reading


All Blog News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 3:2-12
2 You have surely heard the way in which God ... Read More

Psalm, Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
2 Look, he is the God of my salvation: I shall have ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:39-48
39 You may be quite sure of this, that if the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Pope John Paul II
October 22: Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter