Fear is a common and powerful human emotion that occurs when some real or perceived danger unsettles the soul and causes people to become anxious.

All kinds of different things may cause fear and some fears may even go unrecognized because of the tendency to repress them.

Fear interferes with a person’s spiritual growth when it prevents them from allowing themselves to be challenged or to experience change in their life. 

Throughout the Bible Christians are encouraged not to be afraid and to trust God instead.

Jesus became man and encountered fear Himself. Because of this, He understands it and enables man to overcome it by trusting in Him. 

Earthly worries can distract from God:

Do not fall back into the slavery of fear:

When I am afraid, I put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust without a fear. What can flesh do to me?

Psalm 56: 3-4

God is always with us:

Embracing the Holy Spirit transforms fear:

Jesus knows the way even when you don’t:

Overcoming fear with five basic truths of Christianity:

God gives grace in time of need:

Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and with Christ’s power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind. Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows “what is in man”. He alone knows it.

Pope John Paul II, Inaugural Address, October 22, 1978

Faith is an antidote to fear:

Dangers, obstacles, and fears are overcome with fortitude:

In the Christian life, the Holy Spirit Himself accomplishes his work by mobilizing the whole being, with all its sorrows, fears and sadness, as is visible in the Lord’s agony and passion. In Christ human feelings are able to reach their consummation in charity and divine beatitude.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1769

Mary did not let fear overcome her faith:

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

Called by the Father and led by the Spirit:

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