“Thanksgiving” in the words of Holy Scripture, American History,

Part I of 12 Part Series

FEAR

“What on earth are you afraid of?”

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)

 

“Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy

that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David,

a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” 

(Lk 2:10-11)

 

 

In medical terms, “fear” is often defined as an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger, often accompanied by increased autonomic activity (increased heart rate, blood pressure and sweating).  “Anxiety” is defined by an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by the same physiological signs, by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one’s capacity to cope with it.  However, “fear” in the most general term as used in the English vernacular, and so often in the multitude of mystical gifts from God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Emmitsburg through Gianna Sullivan, most often implies anxiety and usually loss of courage.  The moral evaluation of anxiety begins with the exercise of prudence, to discover if there are valid grounds for the apprehension.  If there are not, to act on the anxiety or fail to act because of it would be a lack of trusting God’s Providence.

 

Part I

 

1.  Fear:   In General Terms

2.  Fear of Intimacy with God

3.  Fear of Unworthiness and Sinfulness

4.  Fear of Loss of Control

5.  Fear of Taking a Risk for God

6.  Fear of Trusting in God

Fear: In General Terms

 

“And they seeing Him walk upon the sea were troubled, saying:  ‘It is an apparition; and they cried out in fear.’  And immediately, Jesus spoke to them saying: “Be of good heart; it is I, fear ye not.’”

(Mt 14: 26-27)

 

On the feast of her birth, September 8, 1994, Our Lady of Emmitsburg first addressed this aspect of fear and the excuses used for it, something which both she and Our Lord would explore much more deeply in the years to follow:

 

“I am the Immaculate Conception, the spouse of the Holy Spirit.  Your Jesus is of my flesh and blood, and I cherish the wonder of Life.  My Son lived this gift of Life from God to its fullest, and He desires all to live life with all its wonders in Him. The gift is Life.  Give yourself to God in this Life on earth.  Devote time to prayer and prepare yourself to receive the graces God desires to give you….Do not use an excuse of fear to stay away from Jesus.  Surrender to Love and strive to live in His Love to its fullest, living Life, living Love….”  (Public OLOE, Sept. 8, 1994)

 

 

Trusting in God’s Providence has provided a huge obstacle for much of humanity since Adam and Eve.  To do so requires virtues such as innocence and dependence, virtues we find most often in little children.  Our Lady speaks through Gianna about this special virtue:

 

“The Kingdom of Heaven is for those who are spiritually ‘childlike,’ those who attribute nothing to their own merit, whether it be works or personal strength….They are confident in abandoning even their least desire into His hands.  They are humble and have no fear….Their spiritual childlike ways guarantee them eternal life.”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 23, 1997) 

 

“God does not cause harm or fear, but protects and comforts the afflicted.” (Public OLOE, Dec. 15, 1994)  “Children, you all need God in your lives; and it is necessary to take a positive stance for the Truth of God’s Word and to voice His Love with courage….Do not be afraid to reflect the beautiful Light of His Love to the world.  The childlike and simplistic souls will confound the proud and do powerful things for God.”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 7, 1999)

 

In more recent years, Our Lady has continued to emphasize this call to “littleness,” but it has become just a simple request, but and urgent plea:

 

“I have invited all of humanity to be ‘little’ in ways so that they could be totally dependent on God, and so what was once created good could again be good, as it will be in the end.  But now humanity is in the midst of tribulation; and there is an urgency, a call for change, not a call for fear.”  (Public OLOE, Sept. 4, 2005The clouds of darkness may seem to be forming, and you must be able to discern and to join together.  Many are called, but few respond when times are tough because of fear; and fear is not from God, especially when you are afraid to reach out.”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 17, 2005)

 

In His Lessons to the world through Gianna, Our Lord Himself speaks on this problem of fear and how to deal with it on an individual level:

 

“I want My people to know to fear nothing!...In order to do My work, you must relinquish all self-centeredness and seek that which is pleasing to the Will of God….Acknowledging your fear is fruitful….Taming that fear in My Love allows you to breathe freedom from control of your crippling fears.

 

“In order for all to be free and grow in humility and to experience the joy of their being in My Love, all must look at their inner state, praying for My grace to address their needs spiritually, physically and emotionally.  Nothing is lost except fear!  Fear would like to control you and deceive you to think that if you face it, you would lose self-dignity, respect, love of self, and become mindless.

 

The reality is that when you face fear, it is fear that dissipates.  Call your fear.  Name your fears, and tame your fears in My Love through gentleness and kindness and, most importantly, through love of yourself.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #52, Aug. 7, 1992)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg then reassures her children of her own role in God’s salvific plan and her desire to help us and direct each of us to a life without fear:

 

“Jesus has sent me to you to help you….He does not want division and devastation to happen at the hands of mankind….He does not instill fear….It is the way of the world that has caused confusion, chaos and division.  It has stemmed from a lack of prayer and love….He wants you to give your gift of life free from fear and burdens.”   (Public OLOE, July 16, 1998)

 

And what is it that inhibits so many on their spiritual journey home to the Father?  It is distraction!  This can only be avoided by our continued focus on God’s Will in our lives.  Our Lady warns of the effects of distraction and directs her children towards its remedies:

 

“Like the wind, these distractions can extinguish the flame in your heart to follow Jesus and cause you confusion in the midst of such darkness.  You must always first tend to the ‘inner’ home of your soul in order to avoid distractions and fiery darts of disruption….Be well advised, little children, to focus on your works for God in each moment and not to run ahead and allow the fear or worries of tomorrow to distract you.  The grace from God is to sustain you for today.  Tomorrow’s grace will come as you fulfill God’s works tomorrow.”  (Public OLOE, Nov. 6, 1997)

 

As we look into the future, as we see many things in the world spiraling out of control, the anticipation of what we want to believe to be good and what we hope will happen can in itself still become a cause of fear and anxiety for many.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg through Gianna both summarizes these promises and encourages the right response from each of us:

 

“During this time I wish to caution you to be prudent and wise in all the things that you say and do and in how you reflect on the actions of your life.  Now is the time embarking upon the world when humanity will know the Truth of Christ, not only His Love and the breadth and depth of His Wisdom; but the world will also know of ht Truth of the Triumph of my Immaculate Heart and that my Son has come not only as a Child, as a Salvific Savior, but as the Child Who will rule the world in Truth in the beginning of the new era….Everyone is looking for a magnificent, triumphant new beginning.  Yes, the new beginning is unfolding, triumphant yes indeed; but the way God works throughout history and in this very time is always magnificently mysterious.  The mystery of Christ’s Love is such that all can live in their faith and rise to a new beginning where all shall know that they have been created in the oneness and likeness of the Triune God….There is much fear within people, but what you can bring to the forefront is my triumphant love.  You can be confident; and in that confidence, you can be gentle; and in your gentleness, you can be compassionate; and in your compassion, you can reveal the Truth.”  (Private OLOE, Jan 12, 2003)

 

 

The Fear of Intimacy with God

 

“As proof that you are children,

God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’

So you are no longer a slave but a child,

and if a child then also an heir through God.”

(Gal 4:7)

 

Our Lord is His Lessons discusses what is so important for Him in His relationships with each of His children—intimacy!  For this to be a integral part in any relationship, it requires trust, vulnerability and true Love:

 

“How delicate my people are!  I come to embrace them, desiring them to allow Me to love them and desiring their love in return.  I am seeking a romance with them, an intimacy, not only of friendship, but of Love.  I tell my people, ‘Trust in Me, and believe I will care for you’; but they trust for the moment in which  speak and then fail to truly surrender all of their being in trust to Me….Little one, I want to care for you.  There is no fall, through your trials, that is too great for Me to handle, if you accept Me and willingly allow Me to care for you.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #16, March 21, 1992)  “They have difficulty because there is no king on earth who gives what belongs to himself….What man gives without expecting something in return?  They are afraid to be intimate with Me.  I want My people to come to Me and talk to Me as they would to an intimate friend.  I want to be that intimate friend….but intimacy is inversely related to self-centeredness and self-image.  The greater their selfishness and pride, the less they are intimate.”  (JOM, Vol II, #29, Dec. 23, 1989)

 

“Those who come to Me with complete openness are surrounded by My Love.  To love Me, in that very moment you come to Me in openness, establishes an intimate relationship.  No matter what ails you at that moment, you are attentive to listening and giving of yourself to Me….If you follow Me, there is nothing to fear; and in Love, you are fearless.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #86, Aug. 24, 1992) “ Never be afraid to come and be alone with Me.  This silence of union is essential for the life of the soul….You must first live in union with God before you can love others, or your life of ministry will be short-lived.  Before you can go out to others, you must first allow Me to come to you and find My resting place through your own crucifixion and purification in solitude.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #28, July 9, 1992)

 

Our Lady herself, having experienced an intimacy with the Most Holy Trinity second to none, shares her own experience—an experience which required silence, temptation, and an openness to the workings of the Spirit:

 

“I encourage you to desire nothing, wish nothing and seek nothing except to give pleasure and joy to God in all things.  God speaks to your souls in silence; and you must protect His Love and quietness as a compartment of privacy, so that no one can strip you of the love God desires to give you….Satan, in despair and anger, would like to interrupt your intimacy with God and invade this process of sanctification by waging a battle with your souls.  You can conquer Satan without fighting and defeat him through the weapons of interior peace and tranquility.”  (Public OLOE, June 8, 2000)

 

“It’s a wonderful feeling to feel treasured by God.  He loves when you pray to Him and speak to Him most intimately.  It’s not how many prayers that you should say, but it’s your heart that needs to be given to Him totally.  The Holy Spirit will gift you with what prayers that need to be said; but when God gifts you with the gift of intimacy, then join with Him and allow Him to fill you with the many gifts—nothing of your doing, all of His.”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 15, 2009)

 

 

Fear of Unworthiness and Sinfulness

 

“Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof;

only say the word and my servant will be healed.” 

(Mt 8:8)

 

Even though, by His Life as we read in the Gospels, and through His prophets and messengers throughout history, Our Lord has demonstrated His Love and desire for that intimate personal relationship with each of us, He is far too frequently confronted by our fear of unworthiness and sinfulness, rather than faith in His Love and Mercy and His promise of forgiveness:

 

“Continually offer to My people my gift of intimacy so that I can grace them with Me!...Too many of my people run from Me because they are overwhelmed with intimidation and fear of unworthiness…Please look beyond the materialistic standards created by man which indicate glory with worthiness.  My saints are simple.  I call you all to be My saints!...You only need to live in simpleness and focus on Me.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #1, Oct. 1, 1991)

 

“Do not worry about your worthiness, for I your Jesus am worthy; and all who live in Me shall gain eternal life through Me only, not through your own merits.  I have said I shall share everyting with all My people, so Heaven awaits you!” (JOM, Vol II, #27, Dec. 18, 1989)

 

“Do not focus on your sinfulness or the wretched state of your soul, but focus, instead on the Mercy of God….Do not hide in your sinfulness.  I am Mercy, and I will bless you and cleanse you in My Mercy.  Empty yourself at the Foot of the Cross, and you shall live and be made whole….Your soul’s state of independence is not freedom.  Freedom only exists in total dependence on Me….Remember, there is nothing of this world you should be afraid for people to see while being stripped and purified, because I am He Who grants eternal life.  I am the Judge, not the people you live around….My Mercy endures forever!”  (JOM, Vol IV, #27, July 8, 1992)

 

“My people feel unworthy because they are weak in virtue and imperfect in love….Evil influences and weaknesses of the flesh continually crash as waves on the soul to distract and persuade it that I am a vengeful God.  The fact and truth is that I am merciful, forgiving, compassionate and understanding….I do not desire My loved ones to be downtrodden, troubled or discouraged; for I am a God of hope.  I do not desire my loved ones to feel that they will not be able to possess eternal life and therefore become more distant from My Love.”  (JOM, Vol V, #23, Oct. 6, 1995)

 

“If you sin, mourn in sorrow.  A humble heart and act of contrition will bear the hope of forgiveness….Do not allow demons of guilt, bitterness and self-pity to overpower you….It is self pity to think, ‘I will never experience God’s Love.’….Put aside these falsehoods of your created self-conscience and live in the true consciousness of your being in Me.  There you will find the abyss of union and the Peace of Love….I am with you to support you, to help you face the illusions of interpersonal fears; but I give you the authority to make the decision to end the confusion of your troubled hearts, and turn them into hearts of self-unity in My Love!....My door is open.  Now you must walk through it.  Healing is but a step away.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #57, Aug. 12, 1992)

 

 

The Fear of Loss of Control

 

“Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.  Take this cup away from Me,

 but not what I will but what You will.”

(14:36)

 

Very early in His Lessons to the world through Gianna, Our Lord spoke with great seriousness in the lesson on control.  It is this paradoxical relationship between the loss of control and the gaining of freedom that has always been so difficult for humanity to grasp:

 

“People come to Me only when they need assistance.  All other times, My children wish to be in control of their lives, instead of allowing Me.  They credit good happenings to their effort, and do not give thanks or glory to My Father….When the outcome is one which is not in accordance with their expectations, they blame My Father.  It is because they do not surrender, or fear losing their control, that I cannot offer them to My Father….They are afraid they will lose their power….Being afraid of following My ways because of the need to surrender control is an emotion placed in you by the evil one!  This is because he has fear that, if you surrender control to Me, he would lose his control over you.  There is no justice in fear, because I am not fear!”  (JOM, Vol I, #30, Jan. 11, 1989)

 

“Loss of control is gaining control; allowing Me to have a deep,  unified relationship with you; being at peace with yourself through hardships and aloneness; having confidence and trust in your God and avoiding all that magnifies your false image of centeredness…Do not fight change in your inner self.  I am with you, creating a new, real identity for you, the identity of the true you…Fear would like you to turn away, for where you are in your journey, fear cannot come….Face fear, and push right through fears, illusions of struggles and impossibilities.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #56, Aug. 11, 1992)

 

“Allow Me to be the catalyst in developing your relationship with yourself and with Me.  I will not withhold My grace from you.  There is life beyond a life of fear!  That life is life now, living in joy and acceptance of Me….I will not strip you of your identity; but instead, I will reinforce your identity with yourself….I give and only take away to give more abundantly to you….You are not trapped in a confining world; for I exist, and you can now succeed to an inner freedom by taking the steps of living yourself in Me.” (JOM, Vol IV, #81, Aug. 16, 1992)

 

Both Our Lady of Emmitsburg and Our Lord have used the analogy of pulling back the reins in describing our human behavior when it comes to placing limits on the level of control we really want to turn over to God:

 

“In times of difficulty, surrender your hearts to Jesus….Do not pull back your reins of control, but give Jesus your control.  Allow Him to do works of Mercy in your life and in every situation.  Many give themselves to my Son; and then when they do not see the results they desire, they pull the reins of control out of fear….The amount of power you hold in your hearts for love of Jesus is directly proportional to the level of confidence and trust you place in his Mercy.  Be at peace, little ones, and do not fear.”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 22, 1996)

 

And Our Lord further explains how things may actually look worse before they become better after that control is forfeited to God.:

 

“When I begin to change situations of great need in people’s lives, it seems at first the situation becomes more hopeless.  That is because the circumstance initially commenced and was controlled at a human level.  I, in turn, must weed out the bitter fruit so that all will blossom with the sweetness of honey.  However, many of My people prevent Me at that point to continue to prune the garden.  They pull the reins of control, and out of fear they take back what they initially gave to Me….Instead, I desire them to remove themselves even further and to trust that My Mercy will prevail and that ultimately great works of goodness will surface.”  (JOM, Vol V, #23,Oct. 6, 1995)

 

 

 

Fear of Taking a Risk for God

 

“If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have,

and give to the poor; and you will have treasure in heaven.

Then come, follow Me.”

(Mt 19:21)

 

Forfeiting control makes one much more vulnerable to having to take a risk for God.  In the “self” centered world in which we find ourselves, risk taken outside of God’s Will can have devastating results. Our Lady of Emmitsburg proceeds with the discussion about taking risk in the setting of God’s Will:

 

“Currently, the vast majority of my children whom I desire to help are hearing only what they choose to hear….You cannot only recognize my plea, but must respond through acceptance of my words and living them….You must be willing to risk all for the Love of God.  My Son freed you by giving all to God for love of you….But now, you are not willing to give back to God what He has given to you, because you are slaves to fear and do not trust my Son.”  (Public OLOE, May 26, 1994)  “Many of my children currently say they are willing to risk all for God; but at this present time, only a small percentage of the world’s population are truly willing.  Are you one who will soon turn away from my Son and deny Him?”  (Public OLOE, May 19, 1994)  “If you are always afraid, then perhaps you are focusing too much on yourselves.  If you were focusing on my Son, each of you would know with certainty that your soul is safe at all costs.  In order to advance in the spiritual world, you must not be afraid to take a risk for God and work hard in the areas of prayer and self-examination….What future do you paint when you live in fear?...Are you afraid of pain and suffering?...” (Public OLOE, Jan 21, 1999)

 

Our Lord points out that it is not only those who do not know Him that neglect Him, but also those who do know Him.  Both groups will face a day of accountability:

 

“There are many who know Me, yet are so afraid to take a risk for Me.  They are quite comfortable in the way they live and in their knowledge of Me.  Yet, they are not willing to be challenged by Me, nor do they desire to know Me more intimately for fear of what I might ask of them once illumination of their minds and souls commences.  They keep a distance from Me….There are many of my beloved ones who refuse to know Me.  They do not desire Me.  They have no interest in anything Divine….The time will come when all actions will be accounted for in the heavens.  Every person will be responsible for his or her actions.  It is I who desire all to be free and happy and to live in love of the Truth.”  (JOM, Vol V, Oct. 13, 1995)

 

It saddens Our Lady when she sees so many who initially responded, but then fell victim to that fear of risk and even the sin of presumption:

 

“There are so many people who initially come, listening to my words and filled with joy.  Then oftentimes, they turn around and scatter or leave.  Perhaps the challenge is far greater for them then their own ideas and desires or agendas allow….So many around you, who initially come and pray, are filled with the goodness of God; but they do not continue to pray because they believe that they are safe or that others will intercede for them in prayer.”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 17, 2007)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg concludes this section by drawing the line on where risk-taking ends, and she thanks those who have listened to her and tried to live her words, the Gospel message, in spite of the risk involved:

 

“Beware and be alert, for there are those among you who may not be so alert.  Those who are now alert may later drag their feet.  For when my Son comes, where will you be?  Will you be alert?  Will you be ready?...For the Lord will take one and leave one behind.  It must be all for God—all!  In this  next phase it must be all for God, not half.  It is not for those who might come, but it can only be for those who choose freely and fully to come to God.  People cannot risk their soul for another.   One can give his life for another, but never risk the soul.”  (Private OLOE, June 23, 2005)

 

“Thank you for not leaving me when so many scattered from fear or for self-protection.  The way of God is selflessness and not being afraid to risk, knowing and believing without doubt that He loves you and that you are His child.”  (Private OLOE, Jan 15, 2009)

 

 

Fear of Trusting in God

 

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?

Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge….

So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

(Mt 10:29,31)

In the Catholic Dictionary we learn that Faith” involves the acceptance of the word of another, and in this case, God; trusting that one knows what God is saying and that God is honest in telling the truth. It involves trusting Him to be faithful to His commitments and hopes to obtain from Him what has been promised.  It also presupposes that provided a person cooperates with the Divine grace to the best of one’s ability, that person will merit further grace from God.  This, faith is intimately involved with trust.  Now some probing questions are asked by Our Lady of Emmitsburg, and then offers the reassurances of a loving Mother:

 

“When God tells you something, can you not trust and believe?  Do you not realize that all of faith and all the graces and virtues which stem from faith come down to trust?...You do not have to fear if you trust; but even the slightest little storm ruffles your inner being, and from there stems fear.  If you trust and are confident in God, with filial confidence, totally dependent on Him, there is nothing to fear.  You are safe!”   (Private OLOE, May 31, 2008)  “So when you trust with all your heart, even though you pray with all your heart for a petition to be answered, and it is answered not according to your desire—be at peace and continue to follow God because God knows the exact time, place and outcome best for your total happiness.” (Private OLOE, Sept. 20, 2008)

 

Taking a risk for God, knowing that it may involve God asking us to do or not do something beyond our comfort zone, requires trust.  Trust is the primary fruit of faith.  Our Lord relates to Gianna:

 

“I tell My people that, if they give Me their hearts and allow Me to love them, they shall have everlasting life and dwell with Me in My Kingdom, but they do not listen and remain afraid.  What little faith!...I tell My people to have faith in Me and gain my power of Love.  They question the Truth.  They question because they do not see.  I speak to them, and they doubt My Truth. I tell them to be on guard against the evil one, and they shun Me away, afraid that I am he!….I suffer because they do not believe that I have reserved a place for them in My Kingdom.” (JOM, Vol I, #62, June 21, 1989)  “If they would come to Me before the Blessed Sacrament, they would know that I am your Jesus of Mercy, and that all of which I speak will be fulfilled.”  (JOM, Vol II, #27, Dec. 18, 1989)

 

“I have said there is no justice in fear, worry or anxiety.  I shall care for you as I have devoutly told you.  If you worry and are anxious or have fear, you are not trusting in Me.” (JOM, Vol III, #4, May 21, 1990)

 

In today’s world, there are so many materialistic worries, and many of them about the necessities in life, not just the luxuries; however, Our Lord wants our trust even in these areas:

 

“I desire my people not to worry about their illnesses, financial status, or any other disturbances they encounter.  I desire all to trust in and love the Holy Trinity, completely and in its entirety….When they worry, they focus on the source of their problem, utilizing their energy.  Their focus is not on My comfort.  They struggle because they are afraid of the outcome to their problem. This means they are afraid of Me because they do not trust that I will rectify their problem….If My people truly loved My Father with all of their hearts, they would be filled with joy and peace, no matter what the perturbing situation.  When you lose focus on His goodness and His power as God, you slide into the anxiety caused by worry….For if it were not for My Father, there would be no hope for the salvation of mankind.”  (JOM, Vol III, #13, Sept. 1, 1990)

 

“Do not chase the things of this world.  Chase only heavenly desires, for everything will perish that is of the world.  The more you strip yourself of your own will, the more of yourself you can sincerely give to one another…Your fear will disappear….Remember, I can deliver you from any circumstance caused to harm you.  There is no need to worry what someone will say about you….Simply keep your focus on Me.  Do not worry if you experience defeat.  I will take care of you and deliver you to freedom.  Trust in Me!...I desire you to love yourself purely and keep Me in sight, surrendering and continually emptying yourself in order to follow the Way of Love, Truth, Hope and Mercy.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #46, Aug. 1, 1992)  “Do not be afraid.  Know of My Love, and know you will never be left alone.  My Father was always with Me, even as I suffered the abandonment of your life.  Why, then, would I ever leave you alone?  I would not!”  (JOM,. Vol IV, #39. July 25, 1992)

 

Trusting in God can become much less difficult when the consolations that may initially come with our prayer lives and our ministries are readily apparent.  However, it can become much more of a challenge when those consolations are withdrawn by God, and Our Lord then asks us to continue forward in a climate of dryness and aridity:

 

“Your soul, empty, is searching… ‘Where is my God to refresh me and calm my mind?’…’Where is the gentle breeze of my Jesus?’  You pray, you wait, you pray again.  You wait—you pray—no answer.  Now you exert anger and more energy.  Your tears begin to stream down your searching, thirsty soul, fighting control….Then in silence you surrender, realizing you are exerting energy without result.  You accept, and now you pray without words….Exhausted, you relax and close your eyes….You fall into a peaceful sleep….”

 

“My point of this Lesson is to teach My people to be still, quiet and silent in the dryness of the soul.  Wait patiently for God to show His Face to you.  Do not be afraid; do not be anxious.  You are not alone….Be humble….Be simple. Do not battle with control.  Do you walk against a sand storm, or do you find refuge and keep still?  You cannot control a sand storm!  And so it is with the soul in dryness….Wait for the dawn…Dawn will come, and all will be renewed.”  (JOM, Vol IV, #17, May 2, 1992)  “My saints were tempted and confused, and they met with many desolations, but they practiced patience for they knew I would come to their aid.  Much unfolds for your sanctification and growth in humility.  I will come in due time to give the consolation needed.  Be at peace and do not lose focus on your Jesus.”  (JOM, Vol V, #26, Oct 27, 1995)

 

If is human to get down on ourselves when we experience dryness or even apparent failure in our efforts, but Our Lady of Emmitsburg seemingly gives all of her children a pep talk:

 

“Do not be afraid!  Remember: Even the Apostles were afraid, gathered together, doubting, not wanting to leave and not knowing where to go, fearing for their lives; and yes, these were the Apostles!  Yet today, are you not courageous and bold in your faith, humble and yet wounded, seeking answers and desiring the Truth?  Are you not apostles too?”   (Private OLOE, April 12, 2009)

 

“Have hope and do not fear.  Allow your heart to smile, and be filled with Joy so that you will be able to discern right from wrong.  Always remember that if you are so sure you are right, perhaps you are wrong.  You must be flexible, and you must go where God goes.  That does not mean that you sway with the wind, but that with filial confidence you will allow God to lead you wherever He desires.”  (Private OLOE, Mar. 28, 2009)

 

“All are invited; many refuse.  They are afraid to move forward, to live in faith and to hope….If you doubt, then you could miss the door of opportunity. You must be strong in faith.”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 25, 2007)

 

As a demonstration of His Divine intervention at Our Lady’s request, God the Father in His “Words” to the world through Gianna has the final say:

 

“Now this period is the time when My Son’s Mercy unfolds; and through His Mercy, Justice comes.  All who belong to Me must stand tall and raise their heads and unite with one another.  There is nothing to fear!”  (GTF, April 8, 2007) “I am a God Who loves and continues to give and mercifully will forgive.  I will give and give, and will forgive and forgive; but what I ask for is attention and action.  If all are indifferent in their ways, then I have no choice other than to get humanities attention.”  (GTF, Nov. 8, 2007)

 

 

“Do not be afraid, just believe.”

(Mk 5:36)