This blog is based on references in the Bible to fear. God wills that we “BE NOT AFRAID”. Many theologians state that the eighth deadly sin is fear. It is fear and its natural animal reaction to fight or flight that is the root cause of our failings to create a Kingdom of God on earth. By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7 8). This blog is dedicated to Mary the Mother of God.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Joel, Chapter 2, Verse 21-22
Do not fear, O land! Delight and rejoice, for
the LORD has done great things 22Do not fear, you animals in the wild, for the
wilderness pastures sprout green grass. The trees bear fruit; the fig tree and
the vine produce their harvest.
on the freedoms we learned about yesterday, notice the prophet here
acknowledges that God in his power has complete control over nature. They
do not fear. They are perfectly happy because nature does not have freewill and
cooperates with God living their existence in accordance with
their created function.
we because we were created in the image and likeness of God we have a choice.
To do good or to do evil. Daily we must decide if we are for
ourselves and pursue the things of the world or are we going to follow Christ
by picking up our cross daily and freely live under the flag of Christ.
John Parks states that the flag we choose
to live under determines everything.
asks, “Whose flag are you under? Do we consciously choose to serve or do we
just let it happen? We have a choice here and indecision is a decision itself.
Who’s flag will you follow Christ’s or Satan’s. True freedom comes not from
doing what you want but doing the things you were created to do.
John recommends we follow the flag of Christ (poverty, chastity, obedience) and
not that of Satan (greed, lust, pride) by having a battle plan.
1.Be in the state of grace at all times-Go to Mass
if you fall get up go to confession.
2.Pray-we know who we are by knowing who’s we are.
Remember Saint Joseph is known as the terror of demons.
3.Do your daily duty; there is great heroism in
finishing the daily tasks.
4.Be Humble and obey. When you break a commandment you do not break
it as much as it breaks you.
Seek a community there is strength in
numbers “Iron sharpens iron”.
Remember the Holy Spirit is what sets us free.
John Parks, Lecture at Catholic Men’s Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, 3/21/2015.