Sunday, January 10, 2016
No fear of God
God surely wants us to fearlessly trust in Him and face the challenges of a fast secularizing world.. challenges meant to strengthen our Faith as lived by taught by the Son of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the heroic saints who followed in the divine footsteps.
I recall the psychologist I had read about many years ago, Dr. Alexander Cannon, M.C., Ph.D., D.P.M., who wrote in his book ‘Powers That Be’ that “the lion takes its fierceness from your fear: walk up to him and he will run from you; run away from him and he will run after you.” I compare this to life’s trials that give us strength if we turn away from fear and face them bravely, as the same book suggests: ‘face a situation fearlessly and there is no situation to be faced.’
Even prayer beckons the person who turns to God on his knees to surrender totally to the divine will and entrust the events to His loving providence. Power that seemingly was lost is restored by the overwhelming faith strategy, so to say. Like a staircase we climb, one step after the other, there’s a solution to every problem prodded by our faith in God. Because faith is a sign of bravery, while despair is like falling into thehands of Satan. “All things are possible to one who believes” (Mk. 9:22).
May this new year solidify our maturity, based on trust in God which makes a person fearlessly face problems in life,while growing in the selfless love of Jesus. Maturity vis-à-vis our Faith and Love will earnestly guide us to let go of our fears and focus on perfecting a love-union with the Creator. “There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives away fear” (1 Jn. 4:18).