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    “Take courage.  It is I.  Do not be afraid.”


    Many times in the Bible we hear the words, Do Not Be Afraid.  How many times do we hear these words?  These words appear in the Bible 365 times.  One time for each day of the 365 days in a year.  Oftentimes, as we look at our lives, we may find that we are dealing with fear  What am I afraid of today?  I could be afraid of starting a new school year.  How will I do?  We could be afraid of starting a new job.  How will I do?  We could be afraid of going to some event.  What will people say?  What kind of impression will I make?  And the list goes on and on.


    So what is the remedy for fear?  In our church, you can see the storm of the sea and Peter crying out to Jesus to save him above the side entrance door by the school.  That is the event depicted in the Gospel for       August 12th & 13th.


    The boat is being tossed about by the waves.  The apostles are fearful.  The apostles see what they think is a ghost and they are terrified.  At once Jesus spoke to them “Take courage; It is I, do not be afraid.”  Peter converses with the Lord and asks that he can walk on the water.  As long as he keeps his eyes on Jesus, he can walk on the water.  However, when Peter wavers between looking at Jesus and looking at the wind and the water, Peter sinks.


    What does Jesus say to Peter?  “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”  So Jesus says the remedy for fear is faith.  All of us will find ourselves in states of fear.  All of us will face our own storms – sickness, death of a loved one, tension in the family, loss of a job, financial struggles, to name just a few.  Like Peter, we may find ourselves sinking.


    What is the remedy?  The remedy is to have faith.  Briefly stated, we can say that faith is trust in Jesus.  We have the Divine Mercy picture by St. Joseph’s altar.  On the picture we see the words, “Jesus, I trust in You.”  Saying those words over and over is a good remedy for fear.


    Before an operation, before starting school, before dealing with a difficult person, before a job interview, pray these words, “Jesus I trust in You” over and over and over again.


    There will be storms in our lives.  God gives us strength during the storm.  All we have to do is have faith in the Good Shepherd who will help us walk across the waters of our lives.  Pray, “Jesus I trust in You.”


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    May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially Mary Adams,
    Kathryn Angelone,
    Greg Basco,
    Gwen Beres,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Joyce Bican, Phillip Bilelo,
    Noella Burrows,
    Pat Colburn,
    Donna Czyzynski,
    Corrine Dawe, Robert Dunning, Jose Dybzinski, Jason Glaros, Judy Glaros, Ron Glaros, Kristin Hill, Millie Jasany,
    Suzanne Kilker, Lucy Konkoly,

    Tom Konkoly, Judy Landolph,

    Bishop Richard Lennon,
    Barbie Lister,
    Art Madsen,
    Therese McFadden,
    Rose Meadows,  Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller, Jeannette Morrow, Louis Novac,
    Art Novotny,
    Dan Palmentera,
    John Pocius, Betty Rhine,
    Brianna Rhine, Patricia Rhine,
    Joel Rivera,
    Bob Schippling,
    Margaret Slechta,

    Elaine Stack, Brian Storey,

    Rev. John Tezie, Aaron Thiem,

    Andrew Turowski, Ed Vitigoj,

    Carole Walk, Ron Walk, Robert Wagner and David Zelenka.

                May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven remembering   Robert Drew Seneff, whose funeral was this week.     

                For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish & their families.