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Why is Fortitude So Important?

In what areas of your life do you wish you possessed more fortitude to tackle problems? Perhaps it is in dealing with a serious illness, or perhaps there are “demons” in your life that you need to face. We all need fortitude, especially in times of crisis.

The Grace of Fortitude

Whatever your need, the grace of Fortitude gives you the strength and courage to face challenges and emergencies head-on. It doesn’t mean that you are fearless. What it does mean is that you act in spite of fear, because action is necessary.

Think of all of the 9/11 emergency responders running into the Towers, when everyone else was trying to escape to safety. The fortitude of the emergency responders was in abundance that day, as were the countless acts of good will performed by citizens involved in this tragedy.

Do you let fear rule your day? Or, do you call on the Holy Spirit to grace you with what you need to meet the challenges in your life?

Without Fortitude, we would not have heroes, like the 9/11 emergency responders. These brave men and women, deserve our appreciation and respect! Just as on 9/11, when we collectively, as a nation, needed heroes, we each need a hero when an individual crisis comes to our own door. No matter what your struggle may be, remember that your greatest hero is Jesus Christ. He laid down His life, by hanging on the cross, so that you may live.

Jesus now asks each of us to take up our own cross of suffering and follow Him. He will not give us more than we can handle. Our burden will be bearable. Now we each need to ask ourselves a question. Do I have the Fortitude, as Jesus did, to hand over my life to the Father; that He may do with it what He wills? If the answer is yes, then you will have come to understand why Fortitude is so important.

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