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When you are in Fear and Deep Darkness, How can you Overcome it?

 How do we overcome fear with love?

The great saint, St. Catherine of Siena, said by praying for the grace of loving God above everything including ourselves and loving our sons and daughters as well as our neighbor (friend or enemy) for the love of God and thereby desiring their salvation we can overcome fear with love. 

If you are fearful and in darkness, remember that Jesus, the saints and angels are in this battle with you. 

I know St. Catherine is praying for you to have light and peace in whatever darkness you may be in. 

She is praying for you as she prayed for Niccolo in his darkness and fear of death as recorded in this letter to her confessor Dominican Fra. Raymond of Capua:

"In the name of Jesus Christ crucified and gentle Mary."

"Most beloved father and dearest son in Jesus Christ." 

"... I took him to Mass and he received Holy Communion, which he had never done before... He kept saying: 'Stay with me and don't leave me; then I will be fine, and shall die content.' He leaned his head on my breast and I sensed tremendous joy and the fragrance of  his blood, not separate from the fragrance of my own blood which I hope to shed for gentle Jesus, my bridegroom. As my own desire increased, and I felt his fear, I said: 'Courage, my dear brother; we shall both soon be at the wedding-feast. You will go there bathed in the sweet blood of God's Son, and in the sweet name of Jesus. Never forget this, I shall be waiting for you at the execution.' Imagine this my father and son: his heart lost all its fear." 

"... I waited for him at the place of execution, and as I waited, I kept praying in the presence of Mary and Catherine, virgin and martyr. Before he arrived, I lay down and stretched my neck on the block, and begged Mary for the grace I wanted, namely, that I might give him light and peace at the moment of death, and then see him reach his goal."

"... Then he arrived, like a meek lamb, and began to smile. He asked me to make the sign of the cross over him, so I blessed him and said: 'Down to the wedding-feast, my gentle brother. You will soon be in everlasting life.' He prostrated with great meekness, and I stretched out his neck and bent down to him, reminding him of the blood of the Lamb. His lips kept murmuring only 'Jesus' and 'Catherine,' and he was murmuring when I received his head into my hands... Then I saw the God-man, as one sees the radiance of the sun. He stood ready to receive [Niccolo's] blood into his own."

"... When he [Niccolo] was at rest, my soul rested in peace and quiet, so aware of the fragrance of blood that I could not remove the blood which had splashed onto me. Alas, wretch that I am, I can say no more. With great envy, I saw myself left behind." (Letter 273; XXXI)

Pray an Our Father now that we receive the grace to do God's will and receive His light and peace in our times of darkness.

Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Mass and the Church as well as for the Triumph of the Kingdom of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

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