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  • St. Francis - Volume 1 of The Pivotal Players

     
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    Are you familiar with the term "conundrum"? By definition, it means a paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem - a dilemma. Many high school and college students probably think their mathematics exams are filled with conundrums! Such difficult problems can lead to the fear of getting the wrong answer; in turn, this fear can lead to a sort of paralysis, where no answer at all seems better than potentially being right.

    Jesus offers a difficult problem to his disciples in today's Gospel reading from Matthew. In it, he tells them (and us) to fear only two things: the one who can kill both body and soul; and the Lord. But do we live our lives in fear? Absolutely not, because the fear of the Lord that Jesus speaks of is really a call for us to proclaim the love of God from the very depths of our souls no matter the reaction we may receive. It is our cross to bear.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that there are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord (CCC 1831). Receiving these gifts allows us to complete and make perfect all of the virtues we have, and gives us the opportunity to cleanse our minds and easily accept the word of God. With these gifts, we will never again face truly difficult problems alone.

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