A couple of months ago, I wrote about my New Year’s resolution to live without fear. I am finding it easier said than done. No surprise there, I suppose.
I ran across this from St. Padre Pio of Pietrecina today. It is good encouragement for me.
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry!”
Living without fear is, of course, tied in with living in faith and trust. I think Padre Pio is making reference to the three great virtues: Love (expressed in prayer), hope (as directly stated), and faith (Don’t worry!). His words are a good reminder that to live without fear, in faith, you must cultivate a love of God and others, and maintain a joyful expectation for the future.
Isn’t it true that Christianity needs to return to its ancient roots and practice in which Christians everywhere were noted for their joy, hope and courage? We can choose to live this way today. I offer you that challenge.