Be Courageous for Jesus

One of the virtues that God and Jesus loves is that of Courage. A whole court of glorious angels in heaven surrounding Him, roar for His glory and people should be the same.

When was the last time you felt courageous enough to roar for Christ the King and His glory? Yet how many people cheer on their favorite sports and sports heroes this way? Jesus is far more worthy of your praise and support, and most people know this to be true. It’s often that they lack the courage to truly glorify Jesus in this way.

That kind of praise and courageous support will meet with opposition in this world, but dear Princess of God, that should not stop you.

One Princess who became a Saint for this kind of courage was St. Philomena. She was a beautiful noble princess who refused to marry, as she had pledged herself and her purity to Jesus alone. Her would be suitor, upset and enraged at her rejection of him, had her put in a jail/dungeon and after many attempts on her life in which she miraculously was supported by the angels (including an attempted drowning), she heroically died a martyr.

This kind of courage is truly that of sanctity, but dear Princess of God, that doesn’t mean you can’t practice courage as well and roar with the angels for Christ your King. For instance, maybe it takes you courage to preserve your own chastity when your friends and peers around you are not living out Biblical values. Perhaps it takes courage to stand up for someone being bullied when you know that is the right, though unpopular thing to do. It takes courage as well to speak the truth in a society whose values are misguided or wrong – much like Lot was in the book of Genesis. Practice smaller acts of courage that present themselves and soon you will strengthen the virtue and become a valiant person.

God loves a person who takes confident and bold or courageous action for His sake. In 2 Timothy 1:7-8, Paul says 7For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control. 8So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner.

The love, power, and self-control God gives enables believers to endure and become courageous warriors, Princess Warriors of God.

Another great patron Saint for help in this virtue is Saint Michael the Archangel – the valiant leader of the holy angels. The Archangel, after appearing to a nun, Venerable Philomena de Santa Colomba, said, “[M]ake known to men the great power which I have with the Most High. Tell them to ask of me all they wish. Tell them that my power in favor of those devoted to me is without limit. Make known my greatness.”

The glory of the Saints and Angels, Archangels, and Jesus Himself doesn’t admit for languid praise and support – it calls for the kind of courageous roaring of those in the Bible like Queen Esther, Caleb, Lot, and Moses, even if you roar more quietly.

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