The Calming Effect of Faith.

Chapter Nine. A Refuge During the Storm.

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Virtual Pilgrimage Location. The Sea of Galilee in Israel.

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Chapter Nine: A Refuge During the Storm.

Mark 5:37-40. It happened that a bad squall blew up. The waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern through it all, sound asleep on a cushion. They finally woke him and said to him, “Teacher, does it not matter to you that we are going to drown?” He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind fell off and everything grew calm. Then he said to them, “Why are you so terrified? Why are you lacking in faith?”

After two weeks of bed rest, several visits to the doctor, and a lot of research about her new disease, the young professional packed up her car and headed towards Little Rock, Arkansas. She had started her steroid regiment, but remained confident that it would not slow her down. Despite this temporary set back, she was determined to enjoy the beautiful Ozark Mountains and all the promised excitement they offered. Her health and energy remained for the first couple of weeks, however, by the third week, things had changed quite dramatically. The confident young woman, arriving in Arkansas just two weeks earlier, was no where to be found. A mere shadow of herself, she was mentally paranoid, slightly delusional, and unable to sleep. Instead of a mountain paradise, she found a most unexpected refuge. Drawn to the small hospital chapel, across from her dorm room, she started attending daily Mass. There, she encountered a small congregation of nuns who lived and worked at St. Vincent de Paul Hospital in Little Rock. Their prayerful devotion and humble service made quite an impression on the struggling, young intern. Inspired by their dedication, she somehow found the energy and focus necessary to finish her last work week.

Virtual Pilgrimage Location. The Sea of Galilee in Israel.

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The Sea of Galilee, a large freshwater lake in Israel, is 13 miles long, 8.1 miles wide, and approximately 33 miles in circumference. At about 685 feet below sea level, it is considered the lowest freshwater lake in the world. Fed partly by an underground spring, the majority of its fresh water comes from the River Jordan to the north. Much of the ministry of Jesus occurred on the shores of this sea, including the recruitment of His first four apostles (Simon, Andrew, John and James), the Sermon on the Mount, the walking on water, the miraculous catch, and the calming of the storm.

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Much like the apostles, fishermen of today still caste their nets into the calm, blue waters of the Sea of Galilee.

The calm Sea of Galilee can quickly become transformed by a powerful storm of winds. Trapped in a basin, between the hills of Galilee and the eastern Golan Heights, these winds can prove deadly for fishermen. We read about such a violent storm in the gospel account called, “The calming of the storm”. During this event, violent winds created large waves, over 10 feet tall, which began to over take the small, open fishing boat of the apostles. Awakened, Jesus asked, “Why are you so terrified? Why are you lacking faith?” By asking these questions, Jesus pointed out, to His apostles and us, the true source of fear and anxiety: a lack of certitude or belief in God’s loving providence. His subsequent calming of the storm should provide us with a great sense of peace, even amidst the darkest moments of our lives. Let us pray for the courage and faith, to place our trust in God, especially when fear and anxiety try to over power us.

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In 1986, a wooden vessel, from the first century, was discovered near the Sea of Galilee’s northwestern shore. It is believed to be of similar design to the fishing boat mentioned in many of the gospel accounts.

Closing 3:00 p.m. prayer for Divine Mercy.

Eternal Father, I offer You, the Body and Blood, soul and divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and the sins of the entire world.

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the entire world. (Repeat two more times).

Jesus, I trust in You.

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