Monday, 10 April 2017

World News, and Why We Need to Calm Down

A couple years ago I wrote an article on this blog about the war in Syria and the good that could come from such a travesty. But as time goes on, these wars and evil events are getting far more serious and damaging. Not only are we worrying about wars and persecutions overseas, but the threat of bad influences in the media, in schools, and pretty much everywhere we go is now greatly worrying us. All these things are very concerning, but I must mention one thing. The greatest way the devil can use these trials is a way we often don't think of - he makes us anxious.

Anxiety, the cripple of virtue, the death of will power, and the enemy of perseverance enters our soul. As a general rule, God never dwells in anxiety, He always dwells in peace. If He ever allows any evil, He always brings out a greater good and gives us the grace to accept such things. But this new concept of reading through every article you can find on the internet, subscribing to every Facebook page predicting the Apocalypse, worrying constantly about the end of the world is not from God. We lose our hope this way, we pray to God, "How could this be happening? There is no hope for change!" There is always hope, never forget that. Of course keeping yourself informed of news in important, but never make it your duty and large part of your day to find and post as many tragic and gruesome stories as you can find. God is not found in anxiety, He is found in looking to the future with hope and peace.

If you want to change our leaders, help the world and all it's trials, and stop the horrific wars going on, put down the constant news feed and fulfill the duty God has given you. Whether you be a teenager working at McDonalds, or a mother taking care of a family, in perfecting your daily duty, you complete the job God has given you and He can use that to change world. I always quote St. Catherine of Sienna when she said, "If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect, and you will see the world change. Do not be anxious dear reader, do not trouble yourself as you do with the news, because Our Blessed Lord only asks you to do what He has given you and He will do the rest. He will never give us something we can't control, like who is in Parliament or who shoots the first bullet. Worrying does nothing, becoming a saint does all.