Fr. Steven Voss recounts a trip to the grocery store with his ill mother during which, even though he argued against it, his mother tried one of the motorized carts. After his fears about her using the cart proved hilariously well-founded, Fr. Steven’s mother turned to him and said, “Now Steven, look, the very worst thing has happened and we’re both still here.” Fr. Steven, our pastor, reminds us that Jesus delivered a similar message when he came upon the boat full of disciples and saved Peter from sinking in the turbulent sea with the remark, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (MT 14:22-33). Fr. Steven learned from his experience with his mother that like those who feared in the boat, “We are not called to be a people who live in terror.” Many of us make ourselves unhappy by forgetting that God wants us to seize opportunity, be it a new friendship, giving money to a good cause, volunteerism or greater worship. We miss out on the deep joy God intends for us when we give way to doubt or fear, which is the tool of evil. Says Fr. Steven, “May you relinquish your doubts today to Christ, and may you hear his call, ‘Be not afraid.’” Click on the video above, or this link to hear Fr. Steven’s full August 10 homily via YouTube.