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Authentic Freedom at Risk

authentic freedomToday, in the United States, we celebrate our independence from Britain. The whole basis for the Revolutionary War was for a desire to be a free and independent nation in the New World. As Americans, we wanted to chart our own course. We wanted the freedom to make our own decisions; our own mistakes. Yet, what we really wanted was authentic freedom, which is different from a freedom that allows us to do whatever we want.

Gaudium et spes defines authentic freedom as follows:

Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it eagerly; and rightly to be sure. Often, however, they foster it perversely as a license for doing Continue reading

Vice or Virtue, Slavery vs. Obedience – What’s Your Choice?

vice or virtue Today’s first reading from Romans 6:12-18 speaks to the heart of whether we choose vice or virtue to guide us in this life. When we walk towards vice, or sin, we become slaves to sin. We lose our freedom, because the sin rules our life; very similarly to an addiction. Think about how a drug addict will do anything to get the next fix. Sin and vice have that same kind of hold on a person. So, the question is, do you want to be a slave to sin, or might you prefer moving in the opposite direction?

Obedience vs. Slavery: What’s Your Choice?

God and sin are polar opposites, because God is all good and sin is all evil. Continue reading

You Will Know the Truth, and the Truth Will Set You Free

Truth and Freedom In the bible passage, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free “(John 8: 32), , what is Jesus trying to say to us? Didn’t He give us free will, which automatically makes us free? Why then, would we need to know the truth to be free?

We need to read a few more verses to get the full gist of Jesus’ message. In John 8:34, Jesus states, “everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.” When we sin, we give up our freedom and become enslaved to the sin. We diminish our relationship with God. We reject God’s grace.

This begs us to ask then, what is freedom and free Continue reading

Practicing Justice in an Unjust World

Justice Freedom

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 Continue reading