"BE NOT AFRAID"
The theme of a recent Conference
repeated the words of Jesus
spoken many times in Scripture and echoed through the ages.
Our Bishop wrote a letter of greeting to Conference participants.
We share his words with you here.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Spirit,
“Be not afraid!” What wonderful, transforming words from the mouth of the Lord! These are words that were a regular refrain through the life and ministry of St. John Paul II. They are words that made it possible for him to stare down the power of his communist oppressors and any other force opposed to the Faith.
In our day we have another successor in the See of Peter, Pope Francis, for whom those words are a way of life. He enters war zones and places of violence without hesitation and he wades into some of the most challenging issues of our day inviting dialogue with utter confidence that the Spirit will win out.
How different would our lives be if we also could free our lives from fear. In great and small ways fear inhibits us from making the bold choices that would allow us to reach our full potential and to fulfill God’s plan for us in the world. Free from fear, Mary said to the Angel, “Be it done to me according to your word.” Free from fear (at least for a moment) Peter walked on water. Matthew arose and left his tax collector table. Paul proclaimed his faith before the Roman Tribunal. Through the centuries, freedom from fear has been the identifying mark of innumerable martyrs and saints.
And so I repeat the words of Jesus, “BE NOT AFRAID!”
“Take courage; get up,
He is calling you.” (MK 10:49)
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Mark J. Seitz, D.D.
Bishop of El Paso
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