Be not Afraid

Gill & Macmillan Ltd, 1975

Vanier brings to life the Beatitudes by saying that we must contemplate Jesus as He lived and, above all follow Him because we cannot be called disciples of Jesus Christ if we do not. And to follow Him is to put our hand in His hands, our steps in His steps. It is to take the same road and to stay on it. It is to let fear fall away, putting our confidence in him, because his is the healer, the One who comes to bring us life and liberate us from ourselves. Because Jesus comes to heal us from our egoism, aggressiveness and anguish, Vanier writes that we can face our fears, and accept ourselves as we are, without being afraid.