Be Not Afraid
“And you, son of man, be not afraid of them, nor be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns are with you and you sit upon scorpions; be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, for they are a rebellious house. And you shall speak my words to them, whether they hear or refuse to hear; for they are a rebellious house”.Ezekiel 2:6-7
“I would like you to be free from anxieties”1 Corinthians 7:32
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will”Romans 12:2
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”John 14:27
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?Matthew 6:25
“Fear is nothing but the failure to use the help that reason gives. When you lack the confidence to rely on reason, you give in to the fears caused by ignorance”Wisdom 17:12-13
14 It was he who created man in the beginning,Sirach 15:14-16
and he left him in the power of his own inclination.
15 If you will, you can keep the commandments,
and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.
16 He has placed before you fire and water:
stretch out your hand for whichever you wish.
‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do.Matthew 11:25-26
“Nor is he dependent on anything that human hands can do for him, since he can never be in need of anything; on the contrary, it is he who gives everything – including life and breath – to everyone. From one single stock he not only created the whole human race so that they could occupy the entire earth, but he decreed how long each nation should flourish and what the boundaries of its territory should be”.Acts 17:24 – 26
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”2 Chronicles 7: 14
Some quotes via Ascension Present
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”Genesis 1:27
“You shall not kill.”Exodus 20:13
“For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me…”Psalm 139
“Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’”Jeremiah 1:4-5
“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’ ”Luke 1:41-42
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”John 10:10
“The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body … Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”1 Corinthians 6
“What God has joined together, let no man put asunder”Mark 10:9
“..passing unjust sentences, condemning the innocent, and freeing the guilty, although the Lord says, ‘The innocent and the just you shall not put to death.”Daniel 13:53
“Test everything, retain what is good.”1 Thessalonians 5:21.
Jesus said to the people in the synagogue at Nazareth:Luke 4: 24
“Amen, I say to you,
no prophet is accepted in his own native place”.
“For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light”Luke 8: 17
20 “do not despise prophesying, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good, “1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 (RSVCE)
“Stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter”.2 Thessalonians 2:15
“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and 1 will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”Matthew 11:28-30
St. Therese of Lisiux
“At first sight, it appears easy to do good to souls, to make them love God more, and mold them according to one’s own ideas, but in practice one finds that one can no more do good to souls without God’s help than make the sun shine in the night.”St. Therese of Lisiux
St. Archbishop Óscar Romero
Archbishop Romero was martyred on 24 March 1980 when he was shot dead by a gunman as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel.
“A church that suffers no persecution but enjoys the privileges and support of the things of the earth – beware! – is not the true church of Jesus Christ. A preaching that does not point out sin is not the preaching of the gospel. A preaching that makes sinners feel good, so that they are secured in their sinful state, betrays the gospel’s call”.Oscar Romero
“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”Edmund Burke, 1784
G. K. Chesterton
Image by Lafayette (Lafayette Ltd), whole-plate
film negative, 20 July 1926 via chesterson.org
“The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”G.K. Chesterton, ‘What’s Wrong with the World’
“The function of imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange; not so much to make wonders facts as to make facts wonders.”G. K. Chesterton
“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”G. K. Chesterton
C. S. Lewis
“Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. Human culture has always had to exist under the shadow of something infinitely more important than itself. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun.”C.S. Lewis
“In an age of universal deceit, speaking the Truth becomes a revolutionary act”George Orwell