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By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International, August 31st, 2020

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet has served as president of Human Life International since 2011. He was ordained in 1993 as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana. As HLI’s president, Fr. Boquet collaborates with fellow laborers in the pro-life and family movement in over 80 countries ….


The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? ~ Psalm 27:1

Fr. Shenan J. Boquet“Be not afraid!”

Several times in the Bible these words are spoken either by Christ to His disciples, or by angels to those chosen for some task. “Do not be afraid!” the angel Gabriel said in greeting to Mary. “It is I,” Christ called out to his terrified disciples, as He walked on the waters. “Do not be afraid!”

Pope St. John Paul II adopted these words as his unofficial motto. Even still I can hear his booming, accented voice, over the heads of enormous crowds: “Be not afraid!”

And when he said it, somehow, you were no longer afraid. Suddenly, you knew that allowing fear to dominate your heart was a betrayal of the gift of the Gospel and stemmed from a lack of trust and faith.

“Perfect love casts out all fear,” wrote St. John, the beloved apostle, the one who reclined on Christ’s breast at the Last Supper, who listened to the heartbeat of Truth Himself.  …

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