Don’t be troubled, have faith

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Noone is spared from trouble, young and old, rich and poor, sick and healthy and so on down the road. Someone fears of losing his job, another is depressed due to serious illness, there’s the spouse’s fear of marriage break-up or even an imaginary fear of adversity that never happens.

But fear can also be positive for a young student who is afraid of possible failure in the examination, but then strives to study seriously and work hard. Fear can be positive for someone who is afraid of having cancer then resolves to stop drinking or quit smoking. And then there’s the fear of business downturn and so one begins to aim high and double his effort to attain his goal. They say that the antidote to trouble or fear is courage with a calm attitude and confidence in oneself. Above all, have trust in God’s guiding hands, his divine providence and mercy.

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled, have faith in God and faith in me” (Jn. 14:1). In our crisis, fear and trouble, we must trust that God is always there for us. We may not see him with our bare eyes, but he is surely there for us and we see him through the awesome wonder of his creation and the beauty of love we give and receive.

Although we don’t see the wind, we know it’s there through the swaying of the leaves and branches of the trees. We don’t see mercy but it exists through those who show mercy and compassion to others. We don’t see love itself, but we feel it through our love of God and our neighbor.     

In times of fear and trouble, always call upon God’s help, pray the Divine Mercy and the say the Chaplet of Mercy. Pray for our Mother Mary’s intercession to Jesus her Son.

On the flip side, someone said that worry fades away when we know for sure that our future is secure in God’s hands. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen; not only because I see it, but because by it, I see everything else” (CS. Lewis). I heard someone say that none of us can change our yesterdays, but all of us can change our tomorrows.

In times of fear and trouble, always call upon God’s help, pray the Divine Mercy and the say the Chaplet of Mercy.”

Look for something positive in each day no matter how distressing it is. Stand in faith even when you are having the hardest time of your life and never forget the people who take time out of their way to check on you.

The best feeling of happiness is when you’re happy because you’ve made somebody else happy. If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it. And it pays well to be kind, honest, loving and true, for these will come back to you. Amen on that folks! HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!     

In her Diary no.320 St. Faustina wrote Jesus’s words; “The prayer of a humble and loving soul disarms the anger of My Father and draws down an ocean of blessings.”

Tune in to KOLG 90.9 FM for the Divine Mercy prayer every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy for peace and conversion of sinners.

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