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Five Steps to Conquering Fear

conquering fearFear has no place in the heart, because it doesn’t come from God. Fear is used by the devil to keep us from doing God’s will. The devil will attempt to make us doubt our abilities, especially the ability to be courageous. How do we effectively shut the devil out and listen only to God? How do we become courageous?

We start with these five steps:

Pray

Ask the Lord to make His presence known to you in your heart; so that you know He is always with you, and will never leave you. “Fear not, I am with you; be not dismayed; I am your God. I will strengthen you, and help you, and uphold you with my Continue reading

Could it be Courage? by Jeannie Ewing

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Could it be Courage? – Guest Post by Jeannie Ewing

“I’ve always admired how you just dive in and face whatever challenge is ahead of you,” my mother remarked with admiration to me one evening.  Much to her surprise, I was taken aback.  I’d never given much thought to my approach at handling difficulties, so her comment threw me off guard.

“Well, thank you,” I stammered, desperately attempting to come up with a more eloquent response.  I had nothing.  But her comment did get me thinking: Why do I respond the way I do when uncertainty and hardship emerge in my life? 

The truth is I have battled fears on a daily basis due to Continue reading

Find Courage! Be Not Afraid!

Have Courage

Running a little low on courage? Finding courage is not so easy, you say? I know; you are thinking, “Why should I be the one who acts courageous? Look around! You don’t see anyone else stepping up to the plate!”

Hmm…need I say more? If no one acted courageously, and set the example for others to follow, we would all be swallowed up in fear – and fear comes from the devil. When you lack courage and you are aware of what makes you afraid, it is incumbent upon you to face those fears.

For me, I have been historically afraid to take risks for fear of failure. If I think I am going to fail, then fail I will. Continue reading

Courage Cannot Be Denied!

Sts Peter and Paul

Courage cannot be denied! Think about that for a moment. Other people can deny you love, joy and peace, but no one can take courage away from you. That is because courage is found only from within. Solely by the grace of God, you have courage when you need it.

Courage of Martyrs/Persecuted Christians

When I think of courageous people, I first think of martyrs; from the earliest Christians, like the Apostles, to the persecuted Christians of today. They all have one thing in common, the persecutors robbed them of their physical freedom and took their lives because they were believers in Jesus Christ, but the persecutors could not rob them of their courageous love for Jesus Christ.

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Final Thoughts on Fortitude

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I think the Holy Father, Pope Francis, sums it up best with his catechesis on Fortitude, where it is not only one of the cardinal virtues, but it is also a gift of the Holy Spirit:

With the Holy Spirit’s gift of Fortitude, we can remain faithful. Through counsel and knowledge and understanding, we have the courage to do God’s will even in the face of fear. We are all made to be courageous. Fortitude is there for the asking – just ask for it!

As we close out our discussion on Fortitude, is there anything left unsaid? Enter the conversation in the comments section.

What is justice? We’ll answer that question as we begin to look at the virtue Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude Part III of III

Stop Worrying

Ok, God has graced you with the virtue of fortitude. How do you use it to manage your fears? Worrying about things doesn’t add any value to your life – in fact – it is a waste of your time. Therefore, to practice the virtue of fortitude, stop worrying. Give your worries to God, and let Him take care of them. Stay the course and give the task at hand all that you have to give. Do not give up!

Face your fear and refuse to allow it to conquer you. God is telling you that you are stronger than your fears, especially with Him by your side. Don’t let your fears get in His way of doing wondrous things Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude Part II of III

Waiting

After you have identified the need for increased fortitude and prayed for it, what comes next? We stay the course and do not give up. We practice the virtue of patience, while we wait for God to place all the pieces in order. Take a look at this 24 second video to learn why waiting is worth the wait.

God will grant you fortitude. You may need to wait a period of time though, so that everything is aligned in accordance with His plan. Yet, with the many trials and tribulations of life He knows that we need His grace of fortitude. 

Once God has graced us with the virtue of fortitude, how do we make best use of Continue reading

Practicing Fortitude: Pursuing the Right Path

Life can be really tough at times. When faced with life’s challenges, we need the virtue of Fortitude. For, it is with Fortitude that we may plow ahead, moving from trial to triumph. So, how do we apply this virtue and move from trial to triumph? Through prayer! Ask God for increased Fortitude; with that naturally comes perseverance and courage to help us endure. They are a package! And I have the perfect prayer! Watch this very short video containing a prayer that you can use to ask God for this virtue.

Prayer of Fortitude

Ask God to take away your fear, and replace it with Fortitude to do His will; to live in accordance Continue reading