Today is the Memorial of the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist. John was fearless in telling Herod that it's unlawful for him to have his brother's wife, and Herod actually feared him. We can be fearless too in God's presence. As Paul says in Romans 8: "If God is for us, who can be against us?" We can be fearless in speaking the truth, in taking up our crosses ~ in fact, under all circumstances. Being fearless brings freedom of the heart, while those who do evil remain in turmoil.