Thursday, June 18, 2020
The Scriptures for this coming Sunday, the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 21, speak about the various fears we face.
In the Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid!”
We pray, in these difficult days, to face our fears knowing that we do not face them alone…
I share with you the words of Nelson Mandela. May his message be a source of strength for us in these times.
Our Deepest Fear
Our deepest fear
is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are
powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness,
that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve this world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God
that is within us.
It is not just in some of us--it’s in everyone!
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others!
Inaugural Speech 1994