Be Strong and of Good Courage!

Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”

Henry David Thoreau once remarked that the mass of people live lives of quiet desperation.  That is why today’s verse is as applicable now as it was to the people of Moses’ day. We may not be faced with the task of conquering the Holy Land after spending generations in slavery and then wandering around the desert for forty years, but we do have the job of trudging off to work, of trying make sense of a world that fights against our hopes at every turn, and of trying to ward off the boredom, sadness, bustle, vanity and tedium that so many voices in our culture try to palm off on us as “real life.”  Today, remember that in that spiritual war, God’s promise in today’s verse is made to you as much as to ancient Israel.  He will not fail you or forsake you.  So be strong and of good courage!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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