Peace of Jesus Christ 'will drive out all anxiety, all fear from our hearts,' Washington-based brother says

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

This Bible verse comes from Gospel of Lukeone of the three synoptic gospels, and serves as an important reminder to trust the Lord at all times, a Washington-based Dominican friar told Fox News Digital.

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

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Luke wrote more about the New Testament than anyone – even more than the Apostle Paul, notes this site.

Jesus Father Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP, told Fox News Digital that he didn't 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.

The resurrected Jesus separated himself from the Father.  Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP

The peace offered by Jesus Christ is “the one thing every heart longs for, and it is the one thing this world cannot give,” the Father said. Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP, of Washington, DC (iStock/courtesy of Father Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP)

Briscoe is a Dominican friar and Catholic priest based in Washington, DC.

“So why does He do this, then? Why ask the disciples what is troubling them?” Briscoe said.

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

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

“How often have we tried to improve in prayer or study the scriptures more fruitfully or do good deeds in our own strength? How often have we depended on ourselves rather than on God ?”

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

Briscoe then recounted that he had recently been “accosted on the streets of Denver.”

group of Dominican brothers

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

As a Dominican friar, Briscoe wears a white religious habit – and “one man clearly thought I was something I'm not,” he said.

“I heard him calling my name, and before I knew what was happening, he ran across the street, grabbed the top of my shirt and ripped it off. He started to run away with it, but I “I reached out and grabbed it, and pulled it out,” he said.

“Still holding my clothes, I got on my knees and prayed, 'Jesus, help my brother to know that I love him.'”

“What was I thinking?” he added.

It quickly became clear that “this poor man was not of sound 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 naturally aware of the moment when “the peace of the resurrected Christ reigns in our hearts,” said a Washington, DC, religious leader. (iStock)

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

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

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

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

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

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

When Jesus met his disciples in Jerusalem after the resurrection, “he said to them, ‘Peace be with you,’” Briscoe said.

This phrase is repeated every Sunday at mass.

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

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

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