Pastor's Letters

God Is Our Refuge and Our Strength

Dear friends in Christ,

I have noticed lately that many of our parishioners, especially our young people, have been

asking for help with anxiety. It seems that more people than ever are struggling with this. If you

or someone you love suffers from anxiety, please know that the Lord desires to free you from it

and we are here to help.

I compiled this list of verses for you. Take some time and read through them. When one (or

more) resonate with you, make that your personal hope-word from God. Commit it to memory

and repeat it out loud when you start to feel anxious.


We, your priests, love you and care for you. We are here to help pastorally or if you need rec-

ommendations for mental health professionals.

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr. Anthony


· “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

· “My God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

· “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord.’ ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm

you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)

· “Will worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Luke 12:25)

· “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

· “Now may the Lord of peace give you peace at all times in every way.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

· "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not

your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." (John 14:27)

· “I am confident and unafraid. The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.” (Hebrews 13:6)

· “Cast all your worries on the Lord because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

· “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life,

neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even

the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” (Romans 8:38-39)

· “I want you to free be from anxieties.” (1 Corinthians 7:32)

· “Be strong! Fear not! Your God will come to save you!” (Isaiah 35:4)

· “Be anxious for nothing but in all things by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your re-

quest known to God.” (Philipians 4:6)

· “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them from all their

troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)