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“We move through each day, trying to engage our life by the completion of tasks and tending to responsibilities. As each day passes, we tend to accumulate emotions that pile up because we are too busy to stop and process what’s going in the deep recesses of our heart. Layer upon layer of daily tasks and responsibilities cover over the deeper places within us, such as the “nous”; the seat of the heart or soul. Eventually this catches up with us. As a result of this, we might find ourselves a bit more anxious, depressed, or even not sleeping as well. We can also easily feel like our life is out of control. This is the universal effect the chaotic nature of this world and our modern 21st century life can have on us.” (Fr. Joshua Makoul)

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on” (Matthew 6:25). Do we hear the point Christ is making? In these few verses, our Lord reveals that His foremost concern is for the state of our inner life. He begs us to integrate our thoughts and energies so that they center first of all on our relationship to Him, our Master (vs. 22-24). In verse 22, Christ calls the eye the “lamp of the body.” Truthfully, whatever occupies our hearts and minds can bring either darkness or light. When we focus on attaining union with God, who is light, our whole being fills with light. Conversely, by concentrating on earthly concerns, we increase the darkness within. In order to integrate our inner life so that it centers around Christ our Lord, we must quiet our anxiety and lay aside “all earthly cares…” (Dynamis 6/28/2020)

“ …we have heard all sorts of talk about contemplation delivering inner peace but when we turn within to seek this peace, we meet inner chaos instead of peace. But at this point it is precisely the meeting of chaos that is salutary, not snorting lines of euphoric peace. The peace will indeed come, but it will be the fruit, not of pushing away distractions, but of meeting thoughts and feelings with stillness instead of commentary…We discover in the process [of meditative prayer] that there is more depth within us than we ever dreamt. There is not only chaos, confusion, emotional attachment, anxiety, and anger’s nettled memory; not just the marvel of discursive reason, imaginative insight, and unconscious instinct, but also an abyss of awareness that is always flowing with bright obscurity, grounding all these mental processes, one with all and one with God.” (Martin Laird)

“Prayer is (many times) the sound of our anxiety crying out to God. There’s nothing wrong with this, per se, but your anxiety is not the place of the heart.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“If God would allow us to do everything the way we desire and when we desire, this would certainly result in catastrophe. One cannot even imagine the chaos that would occur.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

“...many people who lack a sense of their true value before God develop symptoms of depression and anxiety and end up with little direction or sense of purpose in their lives. They often are defensive toward others and have few healthy boundaries or limits to avoid being abused by others or abusing them in return." (Father David L. Fontes, PsyD)

“One of the ways people begin to sense and understand their true value in God’s eyes, to start to recognize that God loves them no matter what, is when another person acts that way toward them. Showing a person love and concern, showing them that they are sincerely valued no matter what they may or may not have done, is actually giving them a glimpse of the divine love of God they so desperately need. This is what any of us can do to help someone with their anxiety and depression.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Anxiety loses some of its force in the face of a positive, encouraging word.” (Foundation Study Bible, Proverbs 12:25)

“The opposite of rest is restlessness. I have been told by several mental health professionals, and have also read reports, that anxiety, which I think can be experienced as a inner restlessness, is the most prevalent mental health condition that mental health practitioners deal with today. I can’t help but wonder if the downward trend in Church attendance and the studies showing that the majority of Americans who consider themselves Christian, actually do not understand Christianity and the personal nature of a loving God, has anything to do with this.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

“The Lord is everything to us all, for we cannot do anything of ourselves, for ourselves. He is the Giver of all powers, all blessings and of everything necessary for our welfare. Let us cast all our sorrows, cares and anxiety upon the Lord.” (St. John of Kronstadt)

“Why do we continually fail to see that the chance for real joy is wrapped in unexamined anger, apathy, and confusion? Why do we frequently miss the fact that our peace is shrouded in a fog of anxiety and preoccupation? When will we realize that if we stay with these feelings and worries, they will clear, and amidst the pain and joy of life we will find Truth, we will find God?” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

“Christians who worry believe God can redeem them, break the shackles of Satan, take them from hell to heaven, put them into His kingdom, and give them eternal life, but just don’t think He can get them through the next couple of days. That is pretty ridiculous. We can believe God for the greater gift and then stumble and not believe Him for the lesser one.” (John MacArthur)

“They are actually unnecessary anxieties that come from failing to believe that our ordinariness is all that matters in the eyes of God.” (Robert Wicks)

“Do not let difficulties, lack of understanding, and so on, overwhelm you, but live each day with trust in God, not worrying about the problems of the morrow.” (Bishop Nektary Kontzevitch)

“Do not worry about what will come next; you will discover it when it comes.” (St. Simeon the New Theologian)

“The nature of the world around us, caught up in its narrative of human freedom and endless progress, utterly defies the notion of Divine providence. The modern world is “what we make of it,” not what God provides. This same thought becomes an attitude of the heart. It creates anxiety and loneliness. We are anxious because we believe the world is something that must be controlled, and we learn, by bitter experience, that it cannot be controlled. We are lonely because we see ourselves surrounded by competing agents of free-will, who must be convinced to share in our own schemes if we are to have any control at all.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

"…at the root of anxiety is a losing sight of God’s presence. Anxiety comes when I leave God out of the picture, and proceed in self-reliance, attempting to carry the world on my own shoulders." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“Is anxiety a disease or an addiction? Perhaps it is something of both. Partly, perhaps, because you can’t help it, and partly because for some dark reason you choose not to help it, you torment yourself with detailed visions of the worst that can possibly happen.” (Frederick Buechner)

“Many medications are available today to treat sleeplessness, anxiety, tension, and nerves. Although most of these cures treat symptoms rather than root causes, the pharmaceutical industry aggressively promotes its wares on television. What is our witness as to the true source of physical and spiritual health? We must not discount the counsel and therapies offered by doctors, yet at the same time we are to evaluate our own behavior and choices as witnesses of God, reviewing our prayer routine and daily habits.” (Dynamis 12/3/2013)

“Our society today has seen a dramatic spike in what psychologists call anxiety disorders. Many who struggle with these conditions wrestle with trusting, with uncertainty, with not having control. Not all who struggle with fear and worry, however, have a “disorder,” for such struggle is universal and comes with living in the world. There are many secular treatments and potential remedies for anxiety. As Christians we have all these, and much more, at our disposal in our fight against fear and anxiety. To the challenge of not having control, we have the ultimate answer and solution: God is in control. Those who deny God’s existence or who do not turn to Him in their lives, deny themselves the greatest treatment for fear, anxiety, worry and doubt. Our God offers us something that the world cannot give us, and that is His peace.” (Fr. Joshua Makoul)

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