“I have told you these things so that you will have peace in Me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage! I have conquered the world.” John 16:33
What troubles are you facing in life right now? Are you letting those worries and trials keep you from maintaining your interior peace? God is bigger than those burdens…He has conquered them! Do not allow yourself to lose peace, for the devil knows that you are at your weakest when he has caused you to lose the interior peace you have in Christ. God promises us he has everything under His control. Trust in that.
Challenge: What concrete things can you do this week to cultivate peace in your life?
“At the Wednesday general audience on March 2, Pope Benedict XVI discussed the life of St. Francis de Sales, a 17th century bishop and Doctor of the Church whose secret to holiness was his unreserved trust in God…”
“If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.” -Blessed Mother Teresa
Are you trusting in your own power or in God’s? Take courage–if you put the Lord in charge of your life, in all its struggles, joys, confusion, pain, and peace, you will find that you have the fortitude to endure all things, because He gives you strength. (See Phil 4:13)
Check out this audio and written recap of a lecture given by Dr. Theirfelder, President of Belmont Abbey College.
“The title of his talk was taken from a book by John Udris entitled Holy Daring: The Fearless Trust of St. Therese of Lisieux. The author highlights her bold confidence in the power of God’s love and the courage to put that trust into action in her daily life even to the moment of her death.” (Explanation taken from the IntegratedCatholicLife.org.)