7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 84

— 1 —   This Week’s Post:  Repost and Upcoming Post  Love you girls!

— 2 —   Freedom Theme:  In celebration of America’s Independence Day, this week’s 7QTs will focus on Freedom.  There are those who seek justice so that other’s can live in freedom.  Also, the beauty of what our faith reveals about true human freedom.

 May I recommend a powerful movie that was a big eye-opener for me?   Nine Days That Changed The World 

 

—3 —    Spotlight On:  This week’s spotlight is on Christie from The Way Home. Here is a little bit about her and her passion for human freedom:

“…I hope to write about my life and relationship with Christ; why I left Protestantism to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church; ecumenical Protestant-Catholic relations; and seeking justice in the anti-human trafficking movement…”

— 4 —  The Catechism of The Catholic Church:  Freedom; Paragraphs #1733 and #1740

   “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.” ….By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship, and rebels against divine truth.”

— 5 —   Saint Pope John Paul II: Obedience and dignity:

“…In the depths of his own conscience man detects a law which he does not impose on himself, but which holds him to obedience. Always summoning him to love good and avoid evil, the voice of conscience can when necessary speak to his heart more specifically: “Do this, shun that.” For man has in his heart a law written by God. To obey it is the very dignity of man; according to it he will be judged.” 

— 6 —      Pope John Paul II:   Freedom defined:
“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”
— 7 —    Human Freedom: The 2nd Vatican Council’s encyclical, Gaudium et spes, talks about true human freedom:
“….Although he was made by God in a state of holiness, from the very onset of his history man abused his liberty, at the urging of the Evil One. Man set himself against God and sought to attain his goal apart from God. Although they knew God, “they did not glorify Him as God, but their senseless minds were darkened and they served the creature rather than the Creator” (Rm 1,21f.). What divine revelation makes known to us agrees with experience. Examining his heart, man finds that he has inclinations toward evil too, and is engulfed by manifold ills which cannot come from his good Creator. Often refusing to acknowledge God as his beginning, man has disrupted also his proper relationship to his own ultimate goal as well as his whole relationship toward himself and others and all created things.
Therefore man is split within himself. As a result, all of human life, whether individual or collective, shows itself to be a dramatic struggle between good and evil, between light and darkness. Indeed, man finds that by himself he is incapable of battling the assaults of evil successfully, so that everyone feels as though he is bound by chains. But the Lord Himself came to free and strengthen man, renewing him inwardly and casting out that “prince of this world” (Jn 12,31) who held him in the bondage of sin. For sin has diminished man, blocking his path to fulfillment.
The call to grandeur and the depths of misery, both of which are a part of human experience, find their ultimate and simultaneous explanation in the light of this revelation….”

God love and bless you!

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