Quote of the Day: True freedom

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“Finally, true freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference to moral values, and to say that society does not have to ensure the protection and advancement of ethical values. Such an attitude is destructive of freedom and peace.” – Pope John Paul II

It’s important to remember that true freedom is not the same as absolute permissiveness or license. We get those mixed up sometimes. Real freedom can only exist within a certain moral framework – with reference to what is Truth. We may think we’re free whenever we have the ability to “do whatever we want.” But we are only deceiving ourselves. And often times we have just enabled ourselves to indulge an impulse, disorder, or addiction. That is not freedom. Here’s another great quote on freedom from Fr. Corapi:

“Freedom is not being able to do whatever you want to do. That is license. If you have license, rather than authentic freedom, your house is built on sand and will collapse. Authentic freedom is the power to do what we ought to do; the power to choose the good, the true, and the beautiful. That will vanquish fear every time. If your concept of freedom is really license, fear will come out on top every time. Freedom has to be united with truth. There is no freedom outside of the truth: No authentic human freedom outside of the truth. “If you are truely my diciples, you will abide in my word. You will know the truth, and the truth till make you free.” – (paraphrased) Fr. John Corapi SOLT

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Rae November 6, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Love these quotes! Just heard Fr. Corapi’s quote today and was thankful to find it on your site :) Thanks for the great message!

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