How do you exercise, or practice Justice in your life? In addition to adherence to the Ten Commandments, and in treating others as you would wish to be treated, do you give others their rightful due of respect? Do you give God His due, with your love and willingness to follow His plan for you? And how do you use justice to exercise your freedom?
Benjamin Franklin is known to have said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” With freedom, comes justice; with justice comes freedom. For in our freedom, we all seek justice, and it is through the truth of justice that we are free. Therefore, if we respect God and others and give them their rightful due of dignity and respect, we exercise our own freedom.
I found this short video from apostleshipofprayer.org. It addresses Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s thoughts on freedom and justice, when he gave an address on the Whitehouse lawn during his 2008 visit to the United States. His words are prophetic. I believe his comments will give you some additional, concrete ideas on how you can practice Justice in your life.
Justice in Today’s Unjust World
Take note of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s comment where he states, “Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility,” where we are guided by truth, governed by morals. A virtuous people will seek justice for all, not a few. As a virtuous people, we seek the Truth – that being Jesus Christ, our model exemplar of virtue.
Update as of January 11, 2017: As we come upon another peaceful transition of power, with the inauguration of a new President of the United States, I ask all to pray for virtuous leaders within our government; to seek Truth; to seek justice, not only for yourself, but for the common good. I ask that you give others their due by being respectful and treating others with dignity. I pray that you exercise your freedom well.