Today is July 4th and it is Independence Day for those of us in America. The theme of this post is True Freedom and in this Summer Rerun series I did a search for the word “Freedom” on the blog and found several posts from the past discussing Freedom…..true Freedom….Freedom in Christ.
Posts About Freedom
The first post I found is called “Freedom In Self-Control” where I share the words of Dietrich von Hildebrand.
“…As our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and we are made in the image of God, we are told to glorify God with our bodies. The body is of great worth in Christianity. God came to us in flesh and blood and revealed how important the body is to the human condition. Within our bodies we have many passions. Either we are able to control them or they will control us. Freedom is found by self-control….”
Dietrich von Hildebrand
The next post is called “Does God ‘Take Away’ Our Desires?” which was written in response to a question about why God does not immediately and automatically take away our desires.
“…In my experience, God does not take things from us when we are tightly gripping on to them. Instead, when we live a Sacramental life of grace, He sort of ‘heats things up’ so that we feel it burning in our hands and let go of it on our own…”
The next freedom post is from July 4, 2014 which has 7QTs full of freedom thoughts, including this from our Catechism:
“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.”
The Catechism of The Catholic Church: Freedom; Paragraphs #1733 and #1740
Mass With Healing Prayers
We have been attending Mass with Healing Prayers over the last year or so. These take place one time a month in our area. The evening Mass follows a healing prayer service where several priests pray over us during Eucharistic Adoration of our Lord. Every priest has the charism of healing (see Acts 5:15 “Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them.”) A Charism is: any good gift that flows from God’s love to humans.
I have received healing in the form of Freedom from these Healing Prayer services. If you have a chance to attend these, I highly recommend them. Of course, every Mass is an opportunity for Healing and the gateway to freedom.
Books About Freedom:
I am reading a book right now called Unbound by Neal Lozano. Soooo good! There is a Catholic version which I have on order and can’t wait to receive. It is called: Resisting the Devil: A Catholic Perspective on Deliverance
God bless you with True Freedom!
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