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Published 5-7-12   The Religion Network publishes every Monday

Pema Chödrön, Iyanla Vanzant, Gandhi, F. Forrester Church, Charlotte Brontë, Teresa of Avila

Dear Readers,

Fear is a claw in the heart, immobilizing
us. Some fears are so chronic and low
level that we no longer consciously notice
them, but they stop us from being who we
were meant to be to ourselves and the world.

Release comes when we look fear in the
face, call it what it is and let go of it,
for fear cannot maintain its grip on us
in the bright light of God's love for us.

- Lisa

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When we are training in the art of peace, we are not
given any promises that because of our noble intentions
everything will be okay. In fact, there are no promises
of fruition at all. Instead, we are encouraged to simply
look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying,
at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. We
learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.

Excerpted from "The Pocket Pema Chödrön,"
Shambala, 2008


The next time your stomach flips with fear, don't deny it
by acting like you are just fine. Gently whisper, "I know
you, fear, and I know exactly what you want. Unfortun-
ately, today I am not in the mood to deal with you!"...
Embrace the fear that is now pounding its fork and knife
on your table by saying, "Hi, fear!... Sorry, but I cannot
feed you today!"... Relax! Tell the truth. "I'm in the grip of
fear!" Remembering that truth will set you free. Freedom
means choosing to invoke this truth: "Wherever I am,
that's where God is!" Take a few deep breaths. Affirm
"Let there be light!"Fear hates the light of truth. The
moment you affirm the truth, fear will scatter...

Excerpted from "One Day My Soul Just Opened Up,"
by Iyanla Vanzant
Simon & Schuster, 1998
Integrity Publishers, 2004

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Let our first act each morning be the following resolve:
I shall not fear anyone on earth. I shall fear only God.

From "The Story of My Experiments with Truth,"
by Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
India's spiritual leader


There is such a thing as hell on earth.
For the most part, it is populated by
people who fear so deeply that they
cannot love.

Excerpted from "Entertaining Angels,"
by F. Forrester Church


No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the world's storm-troubled sphere;
I see Heaven's glories shine,
And faith shines equal, armoring me from fear.

From the poem "Last Lines,"
by Charlotte Brontë
English novelist and poet

The Last Word:

Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
Everything passes away except God.

St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Church




























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Our aspirations are our possibilities.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1984)
Preeminent English author and poet



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