In our attempt to bring the divine and the human together, we now come to the crucial moment. Why, in what way does the presence of God ("I am with you") displace and nullify fear? The divine presence does not directly "attack" fear, but loneliness, the mother of fear.
When we open interior spaces towards God in faith, in prayer; when we feel that cold and empty solitude is flooded by the warm divine presence; when we perceive that this radical helplessness and indigence are neutralized by the power and tenderness of God; when we come to experience that God who gives us so much solidity is, in addition, and above all, our Father, who wraps us like a cloak and accompanies us day and night, filling us with strength and certainty..., then, fear? about what?
The psalm says: If the Lord is my strength and my salvation, whom shall I fear? If the Lord is the defense of my life, who will make me tremble? Fear has disappeared because solitude has been inhabited by God. And, at this moment, the human being begins to participate in the divine omnipotence.
As Paul says: neither life, nor death, nor angels, nor principalities, nor the forces of hell and death, nothing and no one will be able against me.
From the book “The sense of life” by Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga.