Does Fear Control You?

scared-kidsThe Archdiocese of Washington has a great article by Msgr. Charles Pope, “What We Fear Controls Us – A Meditation on the ‘Eighth Deadly Sin'” on how to not let fear take control of your life. Msgr. Pope writes about the role that fear can play in our lives, particularly the fear of rejection. He writes:


So much do we fear rejection and not being popular that we will sin in very serious ways in order to gain the approval of others and the world. Young girls will give away their bodies to mere boyfriends in order to be approved. Young men will join gangs and get in all sorts of trouble to be approved and accepted. People will spend enormous amounts of money buying things they cannot really afford just to impress people they do not even really know or like. People will walk up to a group engaged in very ugly gossip or unchaste conversation and join right in just to gain entrance to the group. People will dress and act immodestly, even if it’s uncomfortable, just because “everyone else is doing it” and they feel they must also in order to be accepted and approved.

The list could go on but you get the point. What we fear controls us.

But Msgr. Pope also offers a solution. Find out what it is at the Archdiocese of Washington Blog.

Patrick Madrid will discuss this topic today on the Right Here, Right Now show. Join the conversation by calling 888-701-5992 from 1-2pm Pacific. If you aren’t able to listen live, you can listen to the show through our Audio Archives.

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Ways to say ‘Thank You’ to your parish priest

061203_priest_genericToday is the feast of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests. In honor of this feast day, FOCUS has compiled a list of “19 Ways to Let Your Parish Priest Know You Appreciate Him.” The author of the article, Jonathan Teixeira, writes:


Our parish priests are some of the hardest working members of the Church. The typical parish priest works every weekend and holiday, lives in the same building as their office, and only gets one day off a week, not to mention they’re being asked to care for more souls and take on more responsibilities and roles than ever before.

To find the best ways to show appreciation for priests, Teixeira went straight to the source and asked priests how they would want parishioners to show their gratitude for all the work parish priests do.

Read the list at the FOCUS Blog.

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Tower of Hope to house new Immaculate Heart Radio studio

Photo credit: Ana Venegas | AP Photo/Orange County Register

Photo credit: Ana Venegas | AP Photo/Orange County Register

Christ Cathedral’s ‘Tower of Hope,’ in the Diocese of Orange, will soon be the home of Immaculate Heart Radio’s new state-of-the-art broadcast facility. The new facility will allow us to produce live shows as well as recorded content that can be broadcast in six states through our 31 radio stations.

This partnership with the Diocese of Orange comes as we work to expand the radio signal of our San Diego station, KCEO 1000 AM, to reach an additional 1.3 million Catholics in the Diocese of Orange.

Bishop Kevin Vann recently said:

“Our partnership with Immaculate Heart Radio will profoundly benefit the mission of the Church, and enable Catholics who spend a great deal of time in their cars to spend this time learning, experiencing and celebrating their faith.”


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