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{Anxiety is a temptation - not a sin.}

Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer
and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests
known to God.
[NAB] Phil 4:6
"Have no anxiety at all".
anxiety is a sin against God because St. Paul says that believers should; "have no anxiety".
Jesus also warns against anxiety, but does not call anxiety sin.  Mt 13:22  The seed sown
among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of
riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. [NAB] & Mt 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious
about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be
sufficient for the day.” [RSVCE]

In humble respect I must disagree with the opinion that those believers who are anxious
are in a state of sin. If this were so then St. Paul, himself, would also be admitting to sin,
when he states;  2 Cor 11:28  And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure
upon me of my anxiety for all the churches. OR The Blessed Mother; Luke 2:48  And when
they saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you
treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." [RSVCE]

I have no doubt that anxiety is caused by the “Fall of Adam & Eve”, but I disagree that the
person experiencing anxiety is in sin. Anxiety is merely a temptation to sin.
"Suffering comes from sin. But not all suffering comes from direct personal sin." [Salvifici

I also disagree with those who mistakingly believe that anxiety is from God that they may
offer their suffering up. I do believe that while we suffer we should take the opportunity to
offer up our suffering!

God would not tell us through His newly formed Church to; "have no anxiety at all", if He
gave us this way to suffer. Obviously by the mere fact that God tells us not to be anxious,
He doesn't want us to suffer in that way. Anxiety is from Hell... not from our loving God!

During Mass we pray;
P: Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us
free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our
Savior, Jesus Christ.
C: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. (Doxology)

Why would we pray, during the Mass, to our God to; "protect us from all anxiety", if God
gave us that form of suffering? It makes no sense. Anxiety is from satan, not from God.

[Remember, worrying about how things will be tomorrow is called “borrowing trouble”.
Notice that I don’t say “worrying needlessly”, for all worry is needless. Worry and concern
are not the same, nor are worry and planning. Though it is often difficult, human beings
are capable of addressing difficult issues without chewing over them. (Anxiety and
Suffering: Enough for Today)]

Some simple wisdom...
A) If you can take care of the problem, then do so.
B) If you need to plan for the future, then do so.
C) If there is nothing that can be done, let it go.
In all... "Let Go and Let God"... "Do not be afraid; just have faith." Mk 5:36 [NAB]

I would like to end with a teaching on anxiety from, Rev. Daniel Considine, S.J.,
St. Paul says; "I will chastise my body and bring it into subjection, lest having preached to
others, I myself become a castaway."
It is a great mistake to think that without bodily austerities we can not draw very near to
God. Without bodily austerities we can withdraw all obstacles between Him and ourselves;
we can get a very intimate knowledge of Him and can please Him very much. He will not
keep His choicest gifts from us because of the way in which we are circumstanced. In the
days of great austerities nerves did not exist. They are a product of our times. Nerves are
the austerities we have to bear today. Bear with yourself your depression, gloom, moods,
variability of temper. To bear with oneself is an act of great virtue. A very great deal of evil
comes from the fact that a fit of nerves is so often mistaken for something wrong with the
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