June 13

Reflection

Courage, strength and endurance are among the complex components of what is called fortitude. Reasoned and reasonable, it allows us to overcome fear and to remain steady in the face of obstacles. Fortitude inspires hope and gives us the tenacity to get through difficult, dangerous or heart-breaking times. It shows itself in the moral courage to act as justice demands of us no matter what the personal cost. Fortitude gives us the strength to do what needs to be done.

Prayer

Inspire my actions, O Spirit of Fortitude.

Action

Try to take one day at a time, putting trust in the guidance of the Spirit who is with us in times of struggle, adversity, failure, loss, or illness.

Suggested Reading

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Isaiah 41:10

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.
Deuteronomy 31:6

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

We would like to stay spiritual children; God wills us to grow up.  We would will to have life be a perpetual sandbox.  God wills life to be a mountain climbing moment of rhapsody and accomplishment.  We would will life tbe a walk on velvet waters. God wills life to be a journey through seasons, every climate, all the topographies of the soul so that when we have finished it, we can say that we have truly lived it.
Joan Chittister, OSB, In Pursuit of Peace

Courage is a special kind of knowledge:  the knowledge of how to fear what
ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.
David Ben-Gurion

Last, but by no means least, courage–moral courage, the courage of one’s convictions, the courage to see things through.  The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave.  It’s the age-old struggle–the roar of the crowd
on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.
Douglas MacArthur

One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms.  One has to embrace the world like a lover.  One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying.
Morris L. West

The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment; but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph
and tragedy.  A person does what he or she must–in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures–and that is the basis of all human morality.
John F. Kennedy

Courage is resistance to fear, not absence of it.
Mark Twain

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