“Does Experiencing Fear Mean I Have Weak Faith?” (The Inner Life with Patrick Conley)

Patrick Conley chats with Fr. Chris Walsh about a timeless challenge: finding faith in the face of fear. How do you keep faith when fear looms large?

You can catch the whole hour here.

Caller Insights: Robert from New York shares his struggles with fear despite his deep faith. He questions the balance between fear and faith, referencing the Psalm, “…Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

Fr. Chris Walsh’s Wisdom: Father suggests that some fear is healthy, as seen during the initial uncertainty of COVID-19.  He stresses the importance of understanding where our fears stem from and interpreting Scripture in context.

Stephen’s Example: Reflecting on the Biblical story of Stephen, the first martyr, Fr. Walsh points out that Stephen’s apparent lack of fear in the face of death illustrates an ultimate trust in God’s salvation. This isn’t foolishness but a profound demonstration of faith overshadowing fear.

Avoiding Misconceptions: The conversation shifts to common fears about God’s nature. Is He a punitive figure waiting to punish us? Father reassures you that God is not a tormenter. He’s a loving Father, Savior, and Holy Spirit desiring our salvation, and He’s eager to bestow peace and understanding.

Takeaway Message: Fear doesn’t negate faith. Instead, it can reveal areas where faith can be deepened. Fr. Chris Walsh’s message is clear: embrace a correct image of God and let faith transform fear into a foundation for growth and trust.

Remember, it’s not about the absence of fear, but about the decisions and beliefs we hold in the face of it.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at relevantradio.com and on the Relevant Radio® app.