Today is the memorial of St. Benedict. In the Gospel reading from Matthew, Jesus said to his Apostles, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna." If we stick to Jesus and are aware of this, there is pretty much nothing left for us to fear. Jesus also said to them, "Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father." This we must remember and "fear," for the consequence of forgetting it can be grave.
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