lest we drown in the sea of our fears and anxieties

26 May

“But the Lord’s goodness does not dispense us from the need for vigilance before the Tempter, before sin, before the evil and the betrayal which can enter even into the religious and priestly life.  

We are all exposed to sin, to evil, to betrayal.  We are fully conscious of the disproportion between the grandeur of God’s call and of own littleness, between the sublimity of the mission and the reality of our human weakness. 

Yet the Lord in his great goodness and his infinite mercy always takes us by the hand lest we drown in the sea of our fears and anxieties.  He is ever at our side, he never abandons us.  And so, let us not be overwhelmed by fear or disheartened, but with courage and confidence let us press forward in our journey and in our mission.

 On Golgotha, when everything seemed bleak and all hope seemed pointless, only love proved stronger than death. The love of the mother and the beloved disciple made them stay at the foot of the cross, sharing in the pain of Jesus, to the very end.”

 Pope Francis, Gethsemane, May 26, 2014 (before planting an olive tree)

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One Response to “lest we drown in the sea of our fears and anxieties”

  1. Mandy May 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    If our “Mother” did not lose hope or give in to fear, maybe I can be strong.

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