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Posted July 15, 2014

Book: Be Not Afraid: Wisdom from John Paul II
Compiled by Marianne Lorraine Trouve, PSP
Pauline Books and Media. Boston. 2014. Pp.101

An Excerpt from the Jacket:

How can I learn to trust in the Father's love for me?

Trusting in God is often easier said than done. When we face the inevitable difficulties of life, doubts can creep in, leaving us standing on shaky ground. Pope John Paul II was a man who knew firsthand the hardships of life and could speak with conviction of God's faithfulness. In these pages, find yourself invited by the Lord to cast aside your fears and trust in the Father's never-failing love.

An Excerpt from the Book:

To Young People

The Spirit awakens the desire for truth in every heart. The truth which sets us free is Crhist, the only one who can say: "I am the truth", and adds: "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

Many of you are studying, others are already working or looking for a job. It is important that you all become impassioned seekers of the truth and its fearless witnesses. Never resign yourselves to lies, falsehood, or compromise! React strongly to those who attempt to ensnare your intelligence and lure your heart with messages and suggestions that make you slaves of consumerism, disordered sex and violence, to the pint of being driven into the void of loneliness and meanders of the culture of death. Detached from truth, every freedom becomes a new and more burdensome slavery.

Table of Contents:

1. God the Father seeks us

2. The mystery of original sin

3. The love of God the Father

4. Divine mercy

5. Christ and the Mystery of Redemption

6. Believing in the crucified Son means seeing the Father

7. The compassion of the Father

8. The Holy Spirit brings us to conversion

9. The Eucharist

10. To young people

11. The importance of families

12. The human person is the image of God

13. Our restless hearts

14. The sincere gift of self

15. We can count on Mary's intercession

16. The virtue of compassion

17. The mysteries of light

18. Jesus, the Good Shepherd

19. Allow the Holy Spirit to work for you

20. Do not be discourage

21. The beatitudes: the way to holiness

22. The gospel of life

23. Message to athletes

24. Saint Therese of Lisieux and the vocation to love