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Peace of Jesus Christ ‘will drive all anxiety, every fear, from our hearts,’ says DC-based friar

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“Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts?” (Luke 24:38).

This Bible verse is from the Gospel of Luke, one of the three synoptic Gospels, and is an important reminder to trust in the Lord at all times, a Washington-based Dominican friar told Fox News Digital.

Also known as Luke the Evangelist, Luke is widely regarded as author of both the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, according to Christian website OverviewBible.

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Luke wrote more of the New Testament than anyone else — even more than the apostle Paul, that site notes.

Jesus, Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P., told Fox News Digital, did not need to ask the disciples what was bothering them — after all, the Bible tells us that God “knows the secrets of our hearts” in Psalm 44.

resurrected Jesus split with Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P.

The peace offered by Jesus Christ is “the one thing every heart longs for, and it’s the one thing this world cannot give,” said Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P., of Washington, D.C. (iStock/Courtesy Fr. Patrick Mary Briscoe, O.P.)

Briscoe is a Washington, D.C.-based Dominican friar and Catholic priest. 

“So why does He do it, then? Why ask the disciples what troubles them?” said Briscoe.

He did this, he said, because “Jesus needs the disciples to confront their fear, to face it, to claim it, to own it.”

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“The biggest temptation in the spiritual life is to believe that we can make progress on our own,” said Briscoe.

“How many times have we tried to advance in prayer or study scripture more fruitfully or accomplish good deeds by our own strength? How many times have we depended on ourselves rather than God?”

Rather than depending on ourselves, “every challenge, every trial of life, is about surrendering to God and trusting in Him,” he said. 

Briscoe then related that he was recently “accosted on the streets of Denver.” 

group of Dominican friars

The Dominican friars have worn a white habit, as shown above, for most of the order’s 800-year history. A man in Denver recently mistook Briscoe for “something I am not,” and accosted him.  (Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As a Dominican friar, Briscoe wears a white religious habit — and “a man clearly thought I was something I am not,” he said. 

“I heard him call out to me, and before I realized what was happening, he crossed the street, grabbed the top part of my garment and ripped it off. He began to make off with it, but I reached out and grabbed it, and pulled it back,” he said. 

“Still holding my clothes, I dropped to my knees and prayed, ‘Jesus, help my brother know that I love him.’”

“What was I thinking?” he added. 

It quickly became clear that “this poor man was not in his right mind” — and Briscoe said he “begged him to let go.”

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“I was polite but firm,” he said. 

Jesus on the cross

The outside world is innately aware when “the peace of the Risen Christ reigns in our hearts,” said a faith leader in Washington, D.C. (iStock)

“Then, I had an inspiration. Still holding my clothes, I dropped to my knees and prayed, ‘Jesus, help my brother know that I love him,’” he said.

The man, “just like that,” dropped Briscoe’s habit and walked away, he said.  

“People aren’t impressed when Christians are troubled or distressed. But when peace, the peace of the Risen Christ, reigns in our hearts, they know. They see it,” he said. 

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The peace of Christ, said Briscoe, “is irresistible.” 

He also said, “The peace of Christ is the one thing every heart longs for, and it’s the one thing this world cannot give.”

“We will rely only on him. And then, the peace of Easter will drive all anxiety, every fear, from our timid hearts.”

When Jesus met with His disciples in Jerusalem after the resurrection, “He told them, ‘Peace be with you,’” said Briscoe. 

That phrase is repeated each Sunday at Mass. 

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“With our eyes fixed on Christ, we can withstand any trial,” said Briscoe. 

“As our lips profess His holy and saving name, we will rely only on Him. And then, the peace of Easter will drive all anxiety, every fear, from our timid hearts.”

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