How do you avoid fear when your world threatens to collapse?
1. "The enemy of our salvation knows only too well that peace of heart is a sure sign of the divine assistance, and hence he lets slip no opportunity to make us lose this peace. We must therefore always be on our guard in this respect. Jesus will help us." - Padre Pio's Assurance.
"Strive to live in a holy and immutable peace. Do not allow the enemy to creep into our hearts and rob us of this peace... pray and wait for God to speak to you, because one day he will pronounce words of peace and consolation to you, and then you will know that your suffering served a good purpose and patience was useful." - St. Padre Pio
But anxiety and longings tug at me until I want to race away from God.
2. By your endurance (patience) you will gain your souls, the Divine Master tells us. Padre Pio's assurance: "Now, to stand up to such harsh trials, the soul needs patience, a virtue which enables us to bear all adversity without giving in. Those who are striving for perfection must attribute great importance to this virtue unless they want their efforts to be completely wasted, for it is this virtue which maintains order in one's interior life."
1 John 2:15-17 "... all that is in the world - the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the pride in riches - comes not from the Father but from the world. And the world and its desire are passing away, but those who do the will of God live forever.
But I live in this world; how do I separate myself from it?
3. "May Jesus always be your greatness and the world your contempt. The world believes it has already lost you; it no longer considers you to belong to it. We must always be careful not to let it gain us once again, because allowing yourself to be won over by this wretched world, which God has lost and will lose in eternity, would mean you would be totally lost. The world will look upon you with honor when it sees you diligently preserving the rules of piety and devotion, a piety and devotion that is wise, earnest, strong, noble and totally sweet." - St. Padre Pio