"The remarkable thing about God is that when you fear God, you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else."
There was a time when I thought I was fearless. I wondered at the fearfulness of people around me, largely because I had not noticed my own. I feared what other's thought and said about me, and what they might say to me. I feared my opinions might be wrong, and my intentions misdirected. I hated to be proven wrong.
The difference today is only that I notice some of these fears and can address them.
Sometimes I recognize how often I can do nothing about my worries except hand them over to the Lord, "God, you've got a problem here!" If I say that often enough, and, perhaps, share my helplessness with a friend, I can sit back and watch how God handles the problem. If the Lord tells me what to do, and provides the right moment, I often find that gentle spirit to address the issue. It's in his hands.
At one time, the Roman Church supposed every nation should be officially Catholic and ruled by a Catholic monarch. That's how we interpreted the mystery of the Ascension. If Jesus is the King then everyone should be Catholic. Not until the Second Vatican Council did the Vatican surrender that lost cause. The changed policy was late by several hundred years and few nations even noticed.
But Catholics have not ceded our freedom to the democracies and dictatorships that succeeded monarchy. We remain obedient to the Risen Lord, practicing and promoting his policies. Because we prize our freedom we expect difficulties and disagreements. We embrace sacrifices and would rather pay taxes than live in a nation without them. Our spirit teaches us that the Earth belongs to everyone, that the least among us should enjoy the greatest privileges, and we're all in this together -- under the authority of Jesus.