May 2, 2016 12:10 pm Published by

Do you ever find yourself afraid of an event or situation in your life? Maybe you have final exams, an important job interview, or even a public speaking engagement coming up. These three events may have a significant impact on the future direction of your life. In each of these situations, to alleviate fear, preparation is key. The more we prepare, the more our fears are reduced and the more we can look forward to the rewards of a successful outcome.

In the same way, many of us fear death. After all, it’s so very permanent! What is the best way to conquer our fear of death? Well, like taking an exam, or going to a job interview, or speaking in public, preparation is the key to a successful outcome.

We say in our creed, “…And I look forward to the resurrection of the dead”…do we really look forward to our death and resurrection or are we afraid? If you are afraid of entering eternity, the key to relieving your fear is to prepare.

We are Catholic. Prayer and receiving the sacraments, especially Eucharist and Reconcilation, are keys to our preparation. As St. Pio of Pietrelcina once said, “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” Pray always, go to confession often, receive the Eucharist with a pure heart in preparation for eternity and to relieve your fears.

Ponder: How does the Sacrament of Reconciliation help in preparing us for death?

Reflect: Sacred Scripture, 1 John 1:9; Phil 4:6-7

Pray: Heavenly Father, help me to always trust in You and have confidence in Your holy will for me.

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This post was written by Suzy Kelly

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