Do you worry? About the future, do you worry? Your health and what is next, do worries
assault you? Your economic situation, the bills to pay, the rent to complete,
the insurance down-payment, three months late—is worrying your lot and choice?
Your children, being brought up in a very unstable and precarious state, where
it seems that due to tension between nations, a war is just beyond the horizon—are
you filled with worries? Your past
worries you; your present fills you with doubts, and your future fills you with
nervous tension, anxiety and worries?
To make things worse, your family
members have no end to worrying about their lives, your relatives suffer from
nervous tension and worry; still more, your best friends call you to tell you about
their worries, on the phone and to your face!
Is your hair turning gray, your
stomach filled with acid and ulcers and nightmares come to torment you—all of
this is due to worry, worry, and still more worries!!!!
Are you a type of person that when a
day passes without a problem, trial or contradiction, you feel something is
just plain wrong?
There are people that dig themselves
into a rut and an early grave due to the phenomenon of worry. These people we title with the term WORRY
WARTS! Are you one of them?
This short article will propose five
clear and practical ways to overcome the “Worry wart” complex! Read, meditate, pray and apply these simple
principles and you will be able to experience a peace that maybe you have never
experienced before in your life!
Mt. 6:25-34. In the very heart of the Sermon on the
Mount, the Lord Jesus challenges us not to worry!!!! Jesus gives examples from nature and the
bird kingdom. The flowers of the field are more beautiful than Solomon and his
regal garments, but they do not worry.
Birds chirp and sing their songs and they do not worry about their
sustenance nor living arrangements. The
human person has much more value than the entire created universe; your soul
was saved and redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb of God who takes away the sins
of the world. Therefore, if God provides for the lilies of the field and the
birds of the air, will He not provide for us, we of so little faith? We should
not worry about our food or our clothing, but rather, this is the key to
overcoming worry: “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything
else will come.”(Mt. 6:33) Five times in
these few verses Jesus commands us not to worry or be anxious!
PSALM 23. Read and pray over the most famous Psalm in
the world—the Psalm of the Good Shepherd.
This Psalm prayed with faith, fervor, confidence and trust can reduce
your worries to ashes and stubble. The
first verse in the Psalm sums it all up:
“The Lord is my Shepherd; there is
nothing I shall want.” If we are
that sheep, cuddling in the arms or resting peacefully on the shoulders of the
Good Shepherd then there is no reason to worry, but live constantly in loving
DIARY OF MERCY IN MY SOUL: ST FAUSTINA MARIA
KOWALSKA (# 2). One of the key messages
in this modern spiritual masterpiece is the challenge to the whole world and
large as well as every individual soul to place a limitless TRUST in
Jesus. Jesus stated clearly that the
greatest of all sins was a lack of TRUST in His love and mercy. The greatest sinners can become the greatest
saints under one condition: TRUST!!!!
Read and meditate prayerfully this powerful passage which is a challenge to
TRUST and not to worry!
“O my God, when I look into the future, I am frightened, but why plunge
into the future? Only the present
moment is precious to me, as the future may never enter my soul at all?
It is no longer in my power, to change, correct or add to the past; for
neither sages nor prophets could do that. And so, what the past has embraced I
must entrust to God.
O present moment, you belong to me, whole and entire. I desire to use you
the best I can. And although I am weak and small, you grant me the grace of
And so, trusting in your mercy, I walk through life like a little child,
offering you each day this heart burning with love for your greater glory.”
JESUS I TRUST IN YOU! In the painting of the image of Divine
Mercy, Jesus explicitly told Saint Faustina that He wanted inscribed in the
painting itself these words: JESUS I TRUST IN YOU! Why not purchase a beautiful image of
Divine Mercy, enthrone in in your home, placing it in a prominent place where
it can be seen and venerated. Every day
pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy; it can be prayed at the mercy hour (3:00 p.m.)
or at any hour, because God is never too busy for us! Then after completing the Chaplet, why not
cast the biggest worry you have in the depths of your heart and soul, into the
merciful Heart of Jesus and pray with great fervor and faith, ten times: JESUS
I TRUST IN YOU! If this practice is
carried out on a constant basis your worries will melt like the dew on the morning
grass exposed to the summer sun!
MARY: OUR LADY OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE.
There is an interesting anecdote in the life of St. Joseph Cottolegno, a man
who totally trusted in Divine Providence and the intercession of Mary.
Cottolegno, inspired by the Holy Spirit, established an enormous home for the
abandoned in Turin, Italy. The condition of this home was run on divine
providence, daily donations. On one occasion, the saint was broke. He told a helper to go to purchase bread for
the poor, but the person complained that she had nothing to pay for the bread.
St. Joseph told her to go anyway. On the way the woman met up with a beautiful
majestic woman who gave her a sizable sum of money which was enough to pay for
the expenses of the institution and just enough to buy the bread for that
day. That majestic woman was the Blessed
Virgin Mary--- MOTHER OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE!
When we are being assaulted with worries, fears, anxieties, insecurities
about the past, the present, and the future, why not turn to Mary under the
title of MOTHER OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE.
Why not pray that beautiful prayer attributed to Saint Bernard, the
Memorare: “Remember o most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that
anyone who turned to you was left unaided…”