After I decided to become Catholic, I talked to my friend Andy about the confirmation process. I told him that I didn’t have a baptism certificate, and I didn’t want to be put down as “conditional”. At that moment, my parents sent me a text telling me something had come in the mail and they would bring it with them on their weekend visit to campus. It was, to my surprise, my baptism certificate!
Memories like these helped me during the difficult moments of my conversion. They gave me the courage to ask God for more signs, more healing in certain areas of my life, and more boldness when I prayed. They also allowed me to see that God multiplies our small acts of courage with more grace and fortuity.
Yes, I know that we are going through difficult times right now. But, I also know from my experiences that God will prevail. We are never alone. This is why I want to explore the two central questions fear poses to us and how we are to answer when these challenges arise.