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Calming Your Fears

Hand writing in journal


“I recently saw a poster that read, ‘Worry is the misuse of the imagination.’ Things seldom happen as we expect. Most of our fears turn out to be our imaginings. The difficulties we anticipated become very simple in reality. The real difficulties are often the things we never anticipated. It’s better to accept things as they come, one after another, trusting that we will have the grace to deal with them at the right time. The best way to prepare for the future is to put our hearts in the present. Projecting into the future cuts us off from reality and saps our energy.”—from Three Minutes with God, by Msgr. Frank Bognanno


Lord, too often I avoid situations or people
simply because it’s the easy path.
Speed, convenience, and efficiency
have become all-important,
while the softer skills of communication–
a naturally slow conversation,
a simple wave of hello to a stranger,
a quick, but sincere thank-you to
those who are so often glossed over
in our rush . . . to do what, exactly?

We are afraid to slow down, Lord.
Help us apply the brakes
in the places in our lives where we can
gently ease up on ourselves, get our bearings,
and remember that you’re really in control.


What is one thing of which you’re afraid? Write down the first thing that comes to mind. Just for today keep the note nearby, and when you think of what you wrote down, mindfully re-center yourself in the present. Notice any shifts in your perception of this fear.

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4 thoughts on “Calming Your Fears”

  1. I Send Pause To Pray To My Four Daughters And Wife. It Is easy to Read While They Are On the Run. It Helps Them To Be Grounded In What We Need To Do In Our Daily Life. The Old Way Of Pause To Pray Was Easy Way To send. I Hope You Will Continue To Send a Pause To Pray. It Has Been Very Helpful For My Family And Me.

  2. Yes, i needed to read this posting .
    I was Even telling myself i have not the time to stop & read it.
    But then having read t i moved into serene mode.
    Jesus is in control, after all.
    Please folks say a big prayer that i can leave most tbings & finish an altar frontal in timefor His birthday.
    Long over due.

  3. Rid yourself of the have-to’s and the need-to’s. Replace them with a desire to Want -to. Slowing down to write a letter instead of buying a gift is so meaningful. Volunteering in the name of someone or praying a novena for a loved one creates a bond like no other. Meditate on the Christ child. He wanted to come to us!

  4. Time. A curious thing of which to be afraid. Remembering that time is a human construct to order our days, hours, and minutes, I need to rest assured that all is good in God’s “time.”

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