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“Forgetting that the Lord is near, that God is with us, that in Christ Jesus death has been conquered and evil overthrown, is what allows the unpeace and anxiety that lead to violence to enter our minds and hearts. Remembering the nearness of God and the forgiveness that we have received through the Cross, trusting God in every circumstance of our lives, bearing the name of Jesus on our lips—these are the things that conquer anxiety and lead to peace and allow God himself to be the guardian of our hearts.” (Bishop John Michael Botean)

“Fear can be conquered only by faith, and faith thrives on truth…The victory lies not with us, but with Christ, who hast taken on him both to conquer for us and to conquer in us.” (Brendan O’Rourke and DeEtte Sauer, Richard Sibbes)

“You have … the power and the weapons to conquer the thoughts that attack your heart and mind...But do not destroy evil thoughts as soon as they assail your mind, then you show that it is from lack of faith that you love the pleasure of these thoughts and keep company with them." (St. Mark the Ascetic)

“The most powerful weapon to conquer the Devil is humility. For as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.” (St Vincent de Paul)

"If we want to know what Divine love looks like we should contemplate the cross. There is no other greater moment that displays God’s love than the willingness to accept crucifixion. Love is self-sacrificial; it makes us vulnerable to others. In a world where we are encouraged to run away from allowing ourselves to be turned into victims, the cross tells us that we must love even when we know others will take advantage of what they perceive as weakness. Love sees beyond the limitations of this world to a greater victory where love conquers all." (Father Spyridon Baily)

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