Do you ever feel like your fears have the upper hand? Do you wish that you could approach life differently, where your fears take a back seat and you excel at achieving your dreams? If so, then it is time to wrestle fear with Fortitude!
Wrestle Fear with Fortitude
To get the upper hand on our fears, we need to embrace the virtue of Fortitude, a gift of the Holy Spirit. Fortitude is there for the asking and the Holy Spirit is ready to give it to you. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines Fortitude as ensuring “firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of good. It strengthens the resolve to resist temptations and to overcome obstacles in the moral life.” 1 This virtue enables us to conquer fear, with grace and strength.
We will never have enough courage and bravery to tackle our fears if we first do not seek the virtue of Fortitude. For it is Fortitude that graces us with the other virtues of courage and bravery. Armed with these three virtues, and with God’s grace, we can conquer the fears saddled to us by the devil. All dysfunctional fears come from the devil, i.e.: fear of failure/success. For whatever fears you might be wrestling with today, seek Fortitude, through prayer to the Holy Spirit. He never denies anyone who seeks virtue! Then sit back and watch the Holy Spirit at work, in you, taking whatever steps necessary to assist you in conquering your fears.
1 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 1997. Print. n. 1808.
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