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The following is from our visiting priest, Fr. Martin Henry:


Reflection on Fear and Faith

Normally fear is taken to be a negative emotion, unfortunately just something we have to put up with. And yet if we look a bit more closely at fear itself, we’ll see that it doesn’t simply appear to be a reality we only instinctively reject. It also seems to be something we in a strange sense often deliberately
seek out. Why do some people like going to see horror movies, for example, if they don’t somehow want to
experience fear?
Fear in fact seems to be a powerful indicator of one of the deepest and most obvious truths of the human condition, which is that we can never be fully in control of our lives and of our destinies. Fear teaches us emotionally that our lives depend on forces beyond us. Perhaps then we are attracted by fear
because it seems to bring us into close, even immediate contact with this truth. The more keenly we feel fear, the closer in a sense we seem to be to the ultimate powers in reality, the closer in fact we seem to be to God. — But are we?

An ancient thinker once said that it was fear that first created gods among human beings. But if that is all religion is, if religion is simply the result of fear or, worse still, the result of the exploitation of fear, that would surely cast belief in God in a very poor light. Christianity, however, talks about the love that
casts out fear. It doesn’t deny the reality of fear, but it never says that it is fear that creates faith. Christian faith should certainly help us to cope with fear and overcome it, but it is not the same thing as fear. Indeed one of the most frequently repeated sayings in the whole Bible, from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, is a variation on the phrase: ‘Don’t be afraid!’

Faith in God is something else and something more than fear, because God himself is something else and something more than a power that inspires fear. God is not just another word or another name for the power that makes life possible, and which we have no control over. Above and beyond that, God is the reality of love who became incarnate, became human, for us in Jesus Christ, and who offers us all a share in the divine life here on earth and beyond this world for all eternity in heaven.

Martin Henry

[In 2008 he published Tangents: Essays and Reflections (ISBN: 978-1847300638), and his latest publication (2013) is a series of homilies for Year A in German: Seid also wachsam. Predigten zwischen Matthäus und Overbeck (ISBN: 978-3810701749).]

 

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Prayer For Priestly Vocations
Prayed at the Ordination of Fr. Eben McDonald and Fr. Nabor Rios on June 3, 2012

Father, in every generation you provide ministers of Christ and the Church. We come before you now, asking that you call forth more men to serve our Archdiocese in the ministerial priesthood.
Give us priests who will lead and guide your holy people gathered by Word and Sacrament. Bless us with priestly vocations so that we can continue to be a truly Eucharistic Church, strengthened in our discipleship of Jesus Christ, your Only Son.
Raise up, we pray, men who are generous in their service, willing to offer their lives and all their gifts for your greater glory and for the good of your people.
We make our prayer in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ, Our Lord.

 Amen


 

    
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