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North American Martyrs

Romans 4:1-8
Psalm 32
Luke 12:1-7

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know jesus — no fear

"I say to you who are My friends: Do not be afraid." —Luke 12:4

"You did not receive a spirit of slavery leading you back into fear, but a spirit of adoption" (Rm 8:15). Satan, however, tries to make us lifelong slaves through the fear of death (Heb 2:15). In this battle against fear, we can claim Jesus' victory by accepting the grace to:

  • fear the Lord. "He who fears the Lord is never alarmed, never afraid; for the Lord is his Hope" (Sir 34:14),
  • fear going to hell (Lk 12:5),
  • have faith in Jesus, Who said to Jairus after his daughter had died: "Do not fear; only believe" (Mk 5:36, our transl), and
  • love everyone, even enemies, for "complete love casts out all fear" (1 Jn 4:18, our transl).

Jesus commands us: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and can do no more" (Lk 12:4). He adds: "Fear nothing" (Lk 12:7). In the Scriptures, God commands us 365 times: "Do not fear." Because the Lord always graces us to obey His commands, we constantly have the grace to be free from the fear of man. Jesus says: "Do not live in fear, little flock. It has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom" (Lk 12:32). In Christ, you are fearless.

Prayer:  Father, send me the Spirit of courage  (see 2 Tm 1:7) to face the fears in my life.

Promise:  "Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you just; exult, all you upright of heart." —Ps 32:11

Praise:  The North American Martyrs traveled from their native France to a distant land, North America, to bring the good news of our Savior.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on Riding Out the Storm on audio AV 69-1 or video V-69.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert A. Stricker, May 8, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 18, 2001