True Freedom vs. The Slavery of Sin

The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes. There is no true freedom except in the service of what is good and just. The choice to disobey and do evil is an abuse of freedom and leads to ‘”the slavery of sin.” —from The Catechism of the Catholic Church, number 1733 Advertisements

The Freedom to Be an Amateur

Ruth said quietly: “[…]Well, you know what father is like, terribly naive and emancipated and all that, and rather mad about artists. So when he had got it into his head that I had talents as an artist, because I drew nicely and correctly, he would hear nothing else but that I must devote myself […]

The Secret of Evangelical Freedom From Care

Without a Yes to God, nothing can mature in a person’s life. If one’s life is barren, the reason behind it is always the frequent repetition of the word No. + Many turn to God only when they must make an important or definitive choice in life. They approach God as a computer, so to […]

Louis C.K., Kids, and Freedom

“I realized that a lot of the things that my kid was taking away from me, she was freeing me of.” I read the above quote by comedian Louis C.K. in an online article, and then looked it up to verify it and see the context of what he was talking about. Here’s the quote in […]

Pope Francis On Religious Freedom

“Religious freedom is not just a matter of thought or private devotion. It is the freedom to live — both privately and publicly — according to the ethical principles that are a consequence of the truth found.” —Pope Francis … I read the above quote in the internet article American Freedom and the Catholic Church […]

Freedom and Truth

Here’s the point: freedom and truth are not extrinsic to one another. The truth isn’t incidental to the nature of freedom. For freedom to be free, it must stand in dialogical communion with the truth. Freedom has content. To round out the point, we aren’t made free in circumventing the truth. We’re made free on […]

Rebellion and More About True Freedom

—from the blog post The Spirit of Rebellion by Marc Barnes who blogs at Bad Catholic Now at a first glance, it would seem that the assertion of freedom against the demands of an Almighty God fits neatly into our category of rebellion. The Lord sayeth “Thou shall not commit adultery.” We assert the fact […]