We live in fearful times. A quick glance at the news turns up floods of warnings about economic distress, wars and threats of wars, natural disasters, and dozens of other terrifying possibilities.
Many of us live in a state of anxiety, constantly bracing ourselves for the “something awful” we expect just around the next corner.
How do we deal with nagging fear? How do we go beyond it and learn to apply our faith and live the abundant life Jesus said he came to give us?
From almost a thousand years ago comes an answer. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) tells us to take our cues not from what we see and hear around us but from what we find by looking within:
We cannot live in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a hope. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening. To use our own voice. To see our own light.
Each of us is…
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