Fear and your Faith, in the New Year

 

 

 

Fear and your Faith in the New Year

by Rita Davidson

 

Here we are at another crossroads. A old year closing and a new year opening. Is your heart feeling a little anxious? All the talk of the Mayan Calendar and end of the world in December? (as if the Mayans could predict the end of this world that God made!)

 

But do you find yourself caught up with all the Catholic hype that goes around like gossip? The ‘three days of darkness’ and prepare, prepare! I know “some enlightened people”, and they said “this and that is going to happen, prepare”!

 

Been there, done that.”

 

Bad weather is always an indication of the end coming. Or is it? It’s hard to keep perspective when the wind and weather is beating you down.

 

The problem is, you can’t read everything you see, and you can’t believe everything you read today.

Most news online today is not even researched or confirmed. Just look at the news stories you hear on tv and you will see how they distort statistics to fit the story! Your nighttime news is mostly gossip.

 

We must guard our minds against the onslaught of news today. Just as we guard our minds against impurity, we must guard our minds against the lies out there. We do not realize how much they wear us down and take away the hope we have. Problem is, many people start connecting the dots and ‘seeing the future’ when world events coincide with their predictions of End of the world. Yes, even Catholics do this.

 

You have to guard your mind like your heart.

Don’t allow those lies to get in and take away your joy.

Put in there only what will keep God’s hope alive. Only what will feed your soul. Only what will enlighten you and educate you so you might love God more and more each day.

 

No matter what may transpire with government, or with weather, or the Church, God does not abandon those that love him and are devoted to him, he doesn’t. How could He ?

 

He doesn’t play games with our lives.

He is all love, and all mercy.

Yes, perhaps your fears will always be around, but you have a choice today, to start rejecting all that feeds that fear.

We always have a choice.

 

What many people don’t realize is that we are all drawn to darkness from our weakness from original sin. That is why End Times, and Three Days of Darkness fear-mongering is always there. There will always be people drawn to it not realizing this is not always from God.

 

That is why we have to always fight against it. We must always find ways to get fear out of our life and to find joy.

 

All the fear and planning for the “the end” will not improve your life today, help you get through your day when life is rough, or increase your love for God. Problem is, most of us are going to ‘meet our maker,’ sooner than the end will come. Many of us are going to face our own personal judgement before we ever get to ‘light our beeswax candles’ and are you preparing for that day?

 

God helps those that helps themselves. Today is the day we must take care of, not the future possibilities. This day might be your last in this world. Plan for your salvation and your joy today.

 

Create new habits so you can keep your joy.

 

So use these tips to, start this new year off right:

 

1. Stop reading things that tear away at your peace and joy.

2. Create a new habit of clicking off internet pages, shut off online groups, and anything

that seems to feed that monster of fear.

3. Even if its Catholic, don’t get carried away with it either.

4. Pray for internal peace. Take the time to pray throughout the day, not just morning and night. Pray with short aspirations that will fill your heart with peace and blanket your mind with joy.

5. Be the joy-bearer to your children, your spouse, and those around you. Even if you don’t feel it, practice it to make their lives joyful. It will eventually help you feel the joy too.

6. Find the joys in the little things. You really have to find it in the little things. (the snow instead of freezing rain, the smiling face of your toddler, who just discovered the joys of lipstick!) It’s buried like jewels in our lives, we have to seek it out, grasp it and hold onto it…or our sorrows will swallow it up.

 

Here is a short set of aspirations for you to memorize, from the hundreds available. Say often during the day. Say while driving, say while doing dishes. When you are feeling fear creep in, say them. Make them your mantra in life. Talk to God, often.

 

May this New year bring you much peace and joy!

 

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you, Save souls!”

 

God, have mercy on me, a sinner!”

 

All for Thee, heart of Jesus!”

 

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.”

 

We adore Thee O Christ, and we bless Thee, because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.”

 

O Lord, increase my faith.”

 

Teach me to do Thy will, because Thou art my God.”

 

Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

 

My Jesus, mercy!”

 

Sweetest Jesus, be not my judge, but my Saviour.”

 


We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone. {St. Frances Xavier Cabrini]

 

Add your favorite aspiration below!

©Copyright 2012 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

 

Rita is a Catholic wife and mother of seven children. Mark is her ever patient husband. She reverted back to the faith when her oldest was making her First Communion. By then, she had completed degrees in Hairdressing and Make up artistry. She went on to receive a degree in Natural Health and another degree in Art. At age 26, Rita suffered a minor stroke. With no lasting effects, this dramatically changed her outlook on life. In 1996, Rita began ‘Little Flowers Family Apostolates’ to reach out to other families with her new found faith, by creating unique Catholic books and resources.. In 1999, she wrote the bestselling, ‘Immodesty; Satan’s Virtue’. She was editor of ‘The Catholic Health Letter’ for 7 years. She has been a homeschooling mom for 20+ years, and has written for various magazines. She is honored that families have trusted her with their questions, needs and concerns over the years. She continues to write and reach out to Catholic families with her husband, Mark and their 4 boys through http://www.LittleFlowersFamilyPress.com

Comments 2

  1. Great article, Rita…so much information to help us wipe out “FEAR” as best we can, you hit it right on the head when you said;”we always have a  choice’!  My favorite aspiration is “CALM  MY FEARS, INCREASE MY TRUST” , it helped me during my illness, and when I would forget, my duaghter, Joyce would repeat it for me. -joyce

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