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Faith is the assurance of things hoped for... (Hebrews 11:1)
"Christ freed Peter from the fear which had seized him on the stormy lake. Christ enables us too to overcome the difficult moments in life, if with faith and hope we turn to him and ask his help." --Pope John Paul II, Poznan, Poland
Faith and hope are the opposites of fear. Fear will always paralyze us and keep us from doing what we could do if we did not have fear. In the difficult moments of life it is easy to give in to our fear, but it is in these moments that we must have the greatest trust in the Lord.
This week you will experience something difficult. When that happens, pause and say a prayer. Ask God to help you. Ask God to give you faith and hope that you can make it through the difficult experience.
Dear God, when life is difficult help me to turn to you rather than be consumed by fear and doubt. I know that in you all things are possible and that you love me.
The Pope earned his doctorate degree in theology from the Angelicum University in Rome.
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.
My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.