freedom

The Law of Gift

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles written by Dr. Edward Sri on Saint John Paul II’s Love and Responsibility. The series is reprinted here with permission and originally appeared in the September/October 2005 issue of Lay Witness magazine. © 2005 Catholics United for the Faith / www.cuf.org/Laywitness/index.asp Love & Responsibility: The Law of Gift How does a person know if he […]

Are Human Free Will and Divine Predestination Both True?

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

If God is not love but only knowledge, then it is difficult or impossible to see how human free will and divine predestination can both be true. But if God is love, there is a way. Freedom and predestination is one of the most frequently asked questions among my students—partly because of modern man’s great concern for freedom, but also, […]

Are Modern Laws Making Us Less Free?

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

Before we understand the purpose of our law, we should ask, “What does it mean to be free?” Is it simply the ability to choose whatever we want to do even if what we want is not morally sound? St. John Paul II would say that such permissiveness would actually destroy our freedom because sin actually enslaves us. It is […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“Jesus Christ meets the man of every age, including our own, with the same words: ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.’ These words contain both a fundamental requirement and a warning: the requirement of an honest relationship with regard to truth as a condition for authentic freedom, and the warning to avoid every kind […]

Encountering the Word — Galatians 5:13-15

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ But if you bite and devour one another take heed that you are […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo (detail) by Sandro Botticelli

“The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but—what is worse—the slave of as many masters as he has vices.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, City of God) August 28 is the Memorial of St. Augustine, Bishop, Confessor and Doctor of Grace (A.D. 354 – […]

New Freedom and New Challenges

St. Nicholas Cathedral - Ljubljana, Slovenia

“What religion are most people around here?” I asked the limo driver in Ljubljana, Slovenia heading for the cathedral. “Catholic, but, uh, well — Catholic,” she replied, obviously leaving something out. “Only sometimes?” I tried to pull it out of her since she was nice enough to tour me around the city on the way to the Cathedral after my […]

Can Human Free Will and Divine Predestination Both be True?

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo

If God is not love but only knowledge, then it is difficult or impossible to see how human free will and divine predestination can both be true. But if God is love, there is a way. Freedom and predestination is one of the most frequently asked questions among my students—partly because of modern man’s great concern for freedom, but also, […]

On the Origin, Essence and Purpose of Law

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

The grammar of existence is bound up in the Law and it is and always has been for us to read reality rightly, to hear rightly, to speak rightly, and with human reason to discover the law by which we are to live if we are to live out our intended purpose. There is no conversation more necessary in the […]

Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie

"The Martyrdom of St. James" (detail) by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta

These dark times are difficult to decipher partially because moral and intellectual considerations have been subsumed by material considerations; thus reducing the moral and legal considerations to the positive legal aspect alone. Vital ideas like justice, freedom, and morality have been badly deformed by reduction and misuse. There is no quantifiable way to discuss the tragic loss in France incurred […]