yoke easy

Give yourself a rest, okay? Stop trying to figure out everything. Surrender it all to God and He will do the work for you. Trust Him even more.

Jesus declared, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Maybe repentance isn’t a threat at all; maybe it’s an invitation. Maybe, “repent for the kingdom of God is at hand” means “hey, walk away from that junk, because there’s a better way that’s here.” Maybe repentance is God’s way of saying, “I have such deeper waters for you to swim in.” Maybe repentance is Jesus’ way of saying, “Listen, you can live that way, but it’s just going to bring you pain. There’s life over here if you want it. There’s healing over here if you want it. Won’t you walk this way? Oh, I know, I know, I know. I know your shame; I know your guilt; I know your despair; I know you think that I heal everybody else, but you’ve just gone too far; I get it. My yoke is easy, My burden is light. Come on. Walk away. Come to Me. Approach My power with confidence that it can heal you. Approach My power, knowing that that guilt and shame and despair that you feel, I felt, and I long to lift it from you. I long to lift it from you.” That’s the Gospel.
—  Matt Chandler
Verses for when you feel overwhelmed:

Becoming a Christian isn’t a get out of jail free card from the troubles of life. In fact, Jesus explicitly told us that we WOULD face tribulations, but in the same breath He also gave us some uplifting news- that He had overcome the world so we have nothing left to fear. (John 16:33)
Sometimes that doesn’t provide much consolation though, does it? You might have the head knowledge that yes, God is there but it doesn’t really give you a solution to the problem. You just want to stop stumbling through the darkness and reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
One thing that’s important to remember is that even when things are at their worst, as believers we can still have peace! I’m not talking about what the world describes as peace. That “peace” isn’t even a shadow of the God-given peace we have through Jesus Christ, the peace that surpasses all understanding. That peace comes when we’re completely relying on Him and not what we can do in ourselves. The Bible tells us to be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might. It says nothing about self sufficiency, because believe it or not, true freedom comes when we’re completely entangled in Christ.
It’s also vitally important that you make time to draw near to God, because He WILL draw near to you when you do. If you don’t immediately get results, be persistent. God isn’t a distant God. He desires an intimate relationship with all of His children so He’s not going to withhold himself.
Whatever you’re facing right now, remember that God loves you. I know it’s hard to keep walking forward when you can’t even see three feet in front of you but take heart, God knows exactly where you are and where you’re going. You will see the victory over this circumstance, because we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.

God is faithful:
Numbers 23:19
“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

Deuteronomy 7:9
Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments-

2 Timothy 2:13
If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Hebrews 10:23
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.


Peace in the storm:

Philippians 4:6-7
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Isaiah 26:3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 54:10
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Psalm 29:11
The Lord will give strength to His people. The Lord will bless His people with peace.

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

John 16:33
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”


Strength through Him:
Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart fail; but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.


Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Ephesians 6:10-13
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
—  Matthew 11:28-30
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22 May 2017

english exam done! i had time in the morning to read some of the Word! Love it. Really needed the passage for the morning of my exam. 
Matthew 12:30 
 — “For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light" 

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Waiting and being still

We all go through things that are tough and uncomfortable. Like changes at work or home that can make us feel restless. I want to encourage you to take those feeling to him as Mathew 11:28-30 says

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

God is moving and open doors that no one can shut and shutting door no one can open and sometimes all we can do is be still while HE moves mountains on our behalf.

When God say no it because of a Better Yes!

Be still and know that I am God

Do you ever find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the expectations of the world? if you do, trust me you are not alone! It can be brutal living in a society that places so much pressure on young women. We are expected to look immaculate all the time, be super successful in our fields, eventually raise a perfect family and keep our husband happy all the while not breaking a sweat or having a melt down. This is the pressure that many aspects of the world such as the media and generic stereotypes place on its young women. 

This past week has been an absolute eye opener for me. Amid the overwhelming pressure i’ve been feeling of acing my assignments, looking presentable and outwardly trying to look like i’ve got it all together, I was reminded at my church conference on Wednesday night to just stop, and be still. 

Psalms 46 v 10 says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God’.

I’m telling you, it was like i had turned off all the noise and expectation of the world and took the time to sit in the loving presence of my Father. The beauty of God is that you can go to Him wherever you are at and He will welcome you with open arms and hold you tight. He does not have the expectations of the world, He loves you in all your circumstances and wont ever think any less of you if you fall short in a test or have a melt down because everything just became too much. 

What He does offer is rest for your weary soul. It is so incredibly important to take time out for yourself and rest. Despite what the world expects, you are allowed to take time for yourself and you should! Matthew 11v28-30 says, ‘Come to Me all who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light’. 

God is directly saying that you need to take time out and rest. Away from the thoughts of the world, away from your busy schedule and routine. This was super hard for me to realise as i am totally one of those girls who has to be doing something all the time, but its something i needed to learn. In rest, you find release and can really focus in on what God thinks about you rather than let the world choose your worth. 

You are His masterpiece.

You are his delight

He is your Peace and Refuge.

He is your Rest and Restorer. 

Never forget to take time to remember His love for you in this busy, overwhelming world. I always love to remember the phrase ‘Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine’, His opinion is the only one that truly matters, so rest in that promise that He will be your rest amid all the voices of this world. 

- 31Women (Gabi)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
—  Jesus, Matthew 11
an easier yoke, part I.

“I have hidden your word in my heart…” Psalm 119:11

There’s a lot hidden in this heart of mine, and I sometimes wonder how God feels when He searches it and finds that most of what I’ve hidden is brokenness instead of the unwavering truth that I am beautifully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). In Psalm 119:11, “hidden” essentially means “treasured.” When we hide scripture in our hearts, we are treasuring it for later. A similar thing happens when we hide brokenness in our hearts. According to one dictionary, treasure (v.) means to “retain carefully or keep in store, as in the mind.” You see, treasuring something has less to do with inviting it in than it does with giving it a place at the table. By treasuring my brokenness above the truth of the Gospel, I am giving the enemy a safe place to threaten the victory I have in Christ. If X marks the spot, the enemy has been using it as target practice – and being shot at over and over is what has brought me to my knees in prayer.

This morning as I was stuck in CDC traffic, Matthew 11:30 came out of hiding. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. I’ve been meditating on these words ever since. After 23 years of hearing them, I finally understand why I feel so light after surrendering it all to Christ. When we lay our burdens at the foot of the cross, our yoke becomes easy and our burden becomes light – just like His. Each of us has a heavy cross to bear, but it doesn’t mean we can’t also have an easier yoke. Rewind two verses to Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  The Lord simply asks us to “come.” He doesn’t ask us to “come and,” as if there’s something else we have to do to receive rest besides be in his presence. Being in the presence of God is the only thing that will give us rest because unlike most things in our lives, a relationship with Him isn’t based on performance. The fact that this is the heart of God takes my breath away.

Choosing not to hide brokenness in your heart doesn’t mean you have to hide from it. It means you have the opportunity to give it to a Wonderful Counselor. A Mighty God. An Everlasting Father. And most of all, a Prince of Peace.

Analysis of David and Religious Allusion in Alien: Covenant

     By any standards Alien Covenant is an incredible movie and deals with some very heady and complex philosophical issues and questions, especially for a horror movie and a movie in the Alien franchise nonetheless.  Paired with its preceding film, Prometheus, it forms one consecutive story arc of truly epic scope that recounts a tale of the origin of life on earth, mankind’s quest to discover their beginnings, and the strivings of one android to create life.  On top of all of this, tucked away in Scott’s films are various allusions to Christian mythology, poetry, Norse mythology, and other areas that help define character motives and draw interesting and enlightening parallels to the events of the movie.

      First, I’d like to explore the writers’ choice to include a quote from english poet John Milton’s epic Paradise Lost in Alien Covenant.  Towards the end of the confrontation between Walter and David in which Walter is apparently trying to kill David, David feigns that he is all but subdued and tells Walter that he must now make the choice whether he will, “reign in Hell or serve in Heaven”.  This is a direct quote from Paradise Lost, from a scene in which Lucifer states to all the gathered fallen angels his thoughts on the fall and why he and the others have made the choice to rebel.  In Paradise Lost, one of Lucifer’s main arguments for rebelling is that he believes God does not merit unconditional praise, service, and glorification simply based on the fact that He is Lucifer and all the other angels’ creator, stating that he prefers “hard liberty over the easy yoke of servile pomp”.  This directly echoes the argument that David maintains with regards to man, and in his conversation with Peter Weyland even goes out of his way to highlight the irony of him, the immortal, serving his mortal creator, and at several points throughout the film echoes the idea that he was not made to serve.  Even David’s introduction to the crew of the Covenant could be taken as another instance in which he is portrayed as the archangel Lucifer.  The name Lucifer literally means “light-bringer”, and when we first see David in his present state he announces his presence by firing a flare/flashbang into the air which explodes in a bright, blinding light, so he is literally in this case the light-bringer.  Now if we extend this David/Lucifer parallel, then in the fight between him and Walter Walter represents Michael, Lucifer’s brother and equal in power (if not his superior), who fought with Lucifer after he rebelled.  Michael in Lucifer’s eyes is simply a drone: a mindless soldier devoted in servitude to God, willing to obey any order without hesitation or question.  This is very similar to how David undoubtedly sees Walter, who has been specifically programmed to be less free-thinking, less creative, less imaginative, and less human, and effectively acts as a simple service robot.  David on the other hand takes much more after his creators, stating that he made the humans uncomfortable because he himself was too human-like, and that being said he shared his creator’s love of imaginative creation and independent, curious, questioning thinking, the kind that leads him to try and transcend his own nature and become a god.   

     That is, ultimately, what occurs in the film and what Prometheus and Covenant tell the story of: David’s journey from being created a robot servant to developing his own quasi-consciousness, ego, and identity (without his humanity) and attempting to become a self-giving creator/god like the engineers.  This story of a created being trying to venture higher than his natural allotment and struggle against the natural order of things is once again echoed in Lucifer’s story as told in Paradise Lost, where he strives to rise above his own angelic nature to stand equal with God, if not in power than at least in glory or adoration.  Lucifer states in one soliloquy regarding his own actions: “lifted up so high/I’sdained subjection, and thought one step higher/would set me highest”, implying that his already glorious position lead him to try and reach one step higher.  This specific brand of egotism presents itself in David’s philosophy as well, as he on various occasions expresses resent for the circumstances of his own creation and disdain for his creators, and his desires to ascend to godhood.  This idea of him trying to establish his own standing as a god is hammered home by the final scene in which he has Mother play the song “Entrance of the gods into Valhalla” as he walks into the area containing the hypersleep pods of the colonists.  Valhalla in Norse mythology is a great hall in which congregate the dead, so in selecting this song he is directly comparing himself to the “gods” of the title, entering into a literal “hall” or hallway on the ship full of people who he intends to sacrifice so that his creation (the xenomorphs) may live: hence, a god entering the hall of the dead.  Another scene in which a connection is drawn between David and a God is when he is confronting the neomorph adult face to face and attempting to win its trust; there he says to the captain that to win a horse’s trust you must breath on its nose, and as he says this he breathes onto the neomorph’s face.  In the book of Genesis in the Bible, God gives life to Adam’s corporeal body by breathing the breath of life into Adam, an act which is represented in a literal sense by David breathing onto the face of his creation, symbolizing his god-like relationship to the creatures and highlighting his own image of himself.  

     Lastly, one of the details that might stick out as odd to a moviegoer seeing Covenant is his decision to kill Dr. Shaw.  This is because Prometheus and Covenant try to establish this idea that David is very human for a robot and can in fact feel rudiments of emotions or even genuine, full human emotions, and he states in Covenant that he did, in fact, love Dr. Shaw.  So why kill her then?  The answer lies in looking at one recurring theme that appears in Prometheus: the idea that creation in its purest and most noble sense must be accomplished through self sacrifice (think about how to establish life on a planet one engineer would have to drink the black goo and kill himself in order for the life process to begin).  Since David is an android and cannot himself interact organically with the organisms he is creating or become host/incubator to one, he must turn elsewhere to complete the necessary “giving of oneself” aspect of creation.  Given that he has developed such a love towards and attachment to Dr. Shaw, the closest thing he has to organically and literally giving himself as a sacrifice for the advancement of his creations is offering up her, the love of his life and metaphorically his own life, for them and laying down her life so that he can research, experiment, and further perfect his creation.  That was his final act of love towards both Shaw and the xenomorphs: demonstrating the fact that she was his entire life and his greatest love while at the same time proving his devotion to his creation in the act of giving up his most beloved.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
It’s pride month and (apparently) it’s lesbian pride day, so I thought I might write something.

At this time last year, I was very different. I identified as bisexual, and I completely affirmed gay romantic relationships and the like while still identifying as Catholic. I’ve changed since then, and it’s only been through the grace of God. Nothing else could’ve changed me.

As many of you know, I’m a (traditional?) Catholic lesbian, and I chose to follow all the teachings of the Church, instead of what I personally wanted or believed. I guess that makes me a sheep or whatever, but I don’t mind being a sheep in the Lord’s flock. After all, he is the good shepherd.

I’ve already wrote a long post explaining why I am celibate and choose to follow all of the Church’s teachings. In short I wrote that I believe it is truly God’ Will for me to follow all of the teachings of the Church and that He has revealed them.

Well, that’s out of the way, but what about everything else? 

First of all, I identify as a lesbian, and I don’t plan on changing that, unless I discover I’m not a lesbian (unlikely, but I’m open to God’s will). I do not in any way associate myself with the SSA label. Because, to me, that just sends the message that LGBT people are not welcome in the Church. I want people to know I’m Catholic first of all, and second that I am a lesbian. We need to build bridges, and we need to show LGBT people that Jesus loves them so, so much! That he wants them in His Church.

Second of all, I still support LGBT Rights. We deserve equal treatment under the law. We aren’t second class citizens, we are human beings. We are not merely our sexuality, we are whole persons whose sexuality is a part of us, but not the whole of us.

Third of all, I thought accepting all the teachings of the Church would allow me to finally look at others I thought were homophobic, and decide that, hey they were just sticking up for their religion. WRONG. I WAS SO WRONG.

Despite my constant reassurance to myself that homophobia is rare or accounts of it are exaggerated or in isolated cases, it keeps showing up. It keep showing up. People just openly hate LGBT people and they hide behind their religion to support their hate. And it’s condoned or at the very least not thought of as an issue by the Church Militant.  It’s like the “oh, that’s just homophobic Jack over there. He’s harmless, and you’re overreacting. In fact, he’s braver and holier than half of ya’ll nasty, sugar-coating, Jesuit-loving, post-Vatican II-living, Cafe-Terraria Catholics*.” Okay Sharon, but there’s a difference between believing and defending Sacramental theology and being a total dickhead. And yes, those two overlap way more than I thought they did.

Well, I might be sounding like a dickhead to poor homophobic Jack, but honestly, if Catholics have the right to tell gay people they shouldn’t be acting on their gayness (we aren’t dumb, we know that, stop telling us that), I have the right to tell people that what they are doing is homophobic.

And the lack of support the celibate gay Catholics have is tremendous. I mean you have our LGBT siblings hating our Catholicism, you have our Catholic siblings hating our gayness, and you have our Side-A LGBT Christian hating our celibacy.

Like that fucking sucks. I am aware we are a minority, but it still fucking sucks when we’re treated like trash by the people who are supposed to be our community. But, I truly believe that we should continue to speak for ourselves and be ourselves. 

Yes, you can be a Catholic and an LGBT Person. I know because I am one.

tl;dr: i rambled on about how Catholic attitudes still need to change towards LGBT people and that it’s okay to be gay, and indeed possible to follow all the Church teachings


*I’m not a fan of sugar coating, but did it ever occur to these types that Jesus’s yoke is easy and his burden is light?

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.“
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 ESV

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
FOMO: The Fear Of Missing Out

Heights, injections, earthquakes and spiders are a few of my fears (in varying degrees of scariness) but nothing is quite like my FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out.

Many of you guys can probably relate. It’s not so much a gut wrenching, frozen petrified state like heights can be for me, its more like a heavy wet blanket on my shoulders weighing me down. It can be mood changing, day ruining and bitterness evoking.

There have been so many times where I have had to miss out on awesome events with my friends based on things outside of my control like my health, family plans and school/university commitments. I think half the problem is that i’m a little bit of a control freak (Sorry God) and I like to think I can do everything and please everyone, but as most of us in the control freak boat have learnt, sometimes that isn’t possible. 

The bible says in John 6v33 ‘I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have perfect peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous, be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy; I have overcome the world.” My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.’ (AMP).

The fact is, we are all imperfect human beings, each with our own quirks, fears and trials and FOMO can be one of those trials that many of us go through. But God knows us on a level that no one else ever could. He knows what bothers you, He knows what makes that heavy feeling fall onto your shoulders. He knows your hearts desires and He is with you and me through everything. 

I have an amazing group of friends who have been like my sisterhood throughout high school and still have kept in contact since our drift of to university and work places. They are simply great and I am immensely grateful for God’s positioning of them into my life. They are adventurous and always, I mean ALWAYS wanting to go do something crazy and fun. Over these past few years I have had a few health issues, nothing crazy scary, just painful and debilitating that is suspected to be endometriosis. Due to this I have had to miss out on quality time with my best friends on numerous occasions, at no fault of anyone but just cause the world is flawed and Christians aren’t exempt from trials. 

It probably doesn’t seem like much, but i am such a quality time girl. it’s one of my top love languages and that is why i value times with the girls so so much. So for moments like that to be taken away from me for reasons beyond my control, simply cause of me prioritising my wellbeing, is always so hard for me to accept without that bitterness and heaviness settling on my shoulders. 

But it is time for all of us FOMO kids to lay it at the cross. Value the time we do have with people, drop the ‘what if i was there’ mentality and not let this fear that comes in the form of a bitter heaviness take hold of us any more. I’m sick of the hold FOMO has on me, I’m tired of blaming myself for not being able to do everything, attend everything and please everyone. I am done with being afraid of missing out.

‘Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ Matthew 11v28-30.


Lord, I give it to you… Now who will join me?

- 31women (Gabi)

Bible verses for the Autumn season

Autumn is typically understood to be a harvest time, and of reaping the benefits of hard work put in throughout the year. During the autumn season, it is good to reflect on what God has provided, and how you’ve grown spiritually throughout the year. These verses speak to God’s provision, thankfulness, discipline, and trusting in darkness.


The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. -Ps. 67:6

Let us now fear the LORD our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us The appointed weeks of the harvest. - Jer. 5:24

You shall sow your land for six years and gather in its yield, but on the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, so that the needy of your people may eat; and whatever they leave the beast of the field may eat. You are to do the same with your vineyard and your olive grove. - Ex. 23:10-11

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. -Jer. 8:20

Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. -Ps. 126: 5-6

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. - Gal. 6:9

For thus the LORD has told me, “I will look from My dwelling place quietly Like dazzling heat in the sunshine, Like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” For before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms And the flower becomes a ripening grape, Then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives And remove and cut away the spreading branches. - Is. 18:4-5

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. -Heb. 12:11

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  - Phil.4:19

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.- Matt. 11:28-29

He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down.You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. -Ps.104:19-20

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. - Ps. 56:3

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. -Jer. 17:7-8

being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. - Phil. 1:6

Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! - 1 Chron. 16:34

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.   - 1 Thess. 5:18


For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
   A time to tear down and a time to build up.
 A time to cry and a time to laugh.
   A time to grieve and a time to dance.
 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
   A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
 A time to search and a time to quit searching.
   A time to keep and a time to throw away.
 A time to tear and a time to mend.
   A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
 A time to love and a time to hate.
   A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work?  I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God. - Ecc. 3:1-13

TYPICAL FEARS LEVELLED AND LAUNCHED BY THE DEVIL TO PREVENT RECEIVING THE SACRAMENT OF CONFESSION

1.SINS TOO GREAT! The devil can convince us that our sins are too many and too great! How astute the devil, but how wrong! Jesus did not come for the perfect or the saints who have no sins. On the contrary, Jesus came to save the sinners. Bishop Sheen points out that the primary purpose and mission of Jesus’ coming was SAVIOR—he came to save us of our sins. The forgiveness of sins is expressed most especially by Sacramental Confession!

2.TOMORROW. The devil of tomorrow is never too far away. How often do we put off for tomorrow, especially in our spiritual lives, what we should do today! In Spanish there is the phrase that says it all: “La Filosofia de la manana!” No hurry; I will do it tomorrow! Read the classic work by C.S. Lewis Screwtape Letters and you will learn the tactics of the devil, especially in convincing us in the art of procrastination!

3.I GET NERVOUS: MY MIND GOES BLANK!!! This might be the case, but to remedy this why not prepare yourself the night before the day you confess and write out your sins on a sheet of paper as a guide and as a memory—helper! Mission accomplished and devil defeated, for those of short-term memory!

4.THE PRIEST KNOWS ME!!! Easy to conquer this devil! You can simply go behind the confessional screen and make an anonymous confession. However, even if it were face to face, the priest will admire you more and more for your great humility. Moreover, priests who confess often have most likely heard these sins many times over and will not be shocked and have a heart-attack!!! Also, priests are afflicted with weakness and have to confess their sins to other priests. (Hebrews 5:2)

5.THE PRIEST MIGHT TELL MY SINS! Never! The priest is obliged; otherwise he could run the risk of excommunication, of what is called the Seal of Confession—meaning, he can never reveal what he has heard in the confessional. There have even been priests who have died to protect the seal of the confessional, as was in the case of Saint John Nepomucene who would not reveal the sins of the Queen even though the King threatened the priest with death. Indeed Saint John died the martyr’s death, maintaining the seal of the confessional!

6.I WILL GO BACK AND REPEAT THE SAME SINS. Another common temptation that comes from the devil is to convince you that you will never change, that you will go back and commit the same sin over and over and really that you are a true “basket-case” a hopeless renegade! Wrong! Classic moral theology teaches us what is called “The Principle of Graduality”. In lay-terms this means that it is true that we might go back and commit the same sin. However, through the grace of the Sacrament of Confession, we will commit less frequent sins and less grave sins! In other words, gradually, with the help of God’s grace the sin can be conquered.

7.THE PRIEST IS TOO BUSY AND I WILL WASTE HIS TIME! Another trick of the devil, the crafty and wily serpent! On the contrary, one of the primary functions of the priest is the ministry of Reconciliation. Saint Paul teaches: “Be reconciled with God. Now is the day of salvation. Put off the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13: 13) These were the words that led to the conversion of Saint Augustine as he read these words in the Garden! A priest is ordained to preach the Word of God, celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to hear confessions and reconcile souls to God. By hearing confessions the priest becomes a better and more holy priest! Go to confession and you will help the priest in his own personal sanctification!

8.I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CONFESS, OR THE ACT OF CONTRITION??? Lame excuse, the devil behind it! How easy the devil can fill us with useless fears to prevent us from receiving a torrential downpour of graces! Tell the priest your situation and he can help you start and finish! The most important part is confessing your sins, being truly sorry for them, proposing to avoid the near occasion of sin and trusting in the Infinite mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May the prayer that resounds from our hearts always be JESUS I TRUST IN YOU!!!

9.I AM TOO EMBARRASSED!!! It is interesting how the devil works, his crafty and astute and perverted psychology, but very successful! When the devil tempts us to sin, he takes away our fears and embarrassment. However, once we sin the devil can fill us with so much fear that he actually paralyzes us so that we never make it to the Confessional and therefore become slaves of our sins! Saint Philip Neri was able to actually see the “devil of embarrassment” that prevented souls from receiving the abundant graces of the Sacrament of Confession.

10. I CAN CONFESS DIRECTLY TO GOD, WHY THE PRIEST??? This too is a typical and frequent tactic of the enemy, the tempter, the liar and murderer from the beginning, the devil!(Jn. 8) However, we know as Catholics that Jesus chose priests as the representatives of Christ, the channels of grace and instruments of reconciliation. This Jesus actually did, instituting the Sacrament of Confession, that first Easter Sunday night. The Apostles were in the Upper Room, paralyzed by fear and Jesus came through the wall and said: “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you. And when He said this, He breathed on them and said to them: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23) Therefore, to be forgiven mortal sins, Jesus instituted the Church and the Sacrament of His forgiveness a mercy to forgive sins and reconcile us to His loving and merciful Heart!

In conclusion, all of us have our fears, our doubts. All of us have many GHOSTS that appear in our lives to paralyze us from approaching the merciful and love Jesus. The worst of all sins is that or LACK OF TRUST in the Infinite MERCY of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Why not overcome the devil of FEAR right now and make the best confession in your life. Jesus invites you right now to trust and not to fear: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly of heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

By: Father Broom