kalayaan [freedom]

kalayaan [freedom]

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We Have To Choose
I think “freedom” — at least the way we usually think of it — is an illusion. As far as I can tell, absolute freedom doesn’t exist. I think we all have some measure of freedom, but in the end we have to choose who or what will be our master. For some people it’s their Lexus or their big house or their love of gourmet food or their music. For some people it’s their career. For some people it’s their family. It’s a question of what you want to give your life to, or for.
 

– Michael P. Enright,, from Diary of a Barrio Priest (taken from A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration by Michael Leach and Doris Goodnough)

Freedom From Fear

Complete freedom from fear is one of those things we owe wholly to Our Lord. To be afraid is to do him a double injury. First, it is to forget him, to forget that he is with us, that he loves us and is himself almighty, and second it is to fail to bend to his will. If we shape our will to his, as everything that happens is either willed or allowed by him, we shall find joy in whatever happens, and shall never be disturbed or afraid.

So then we should have the faith that banishes all fear. Beside us, face to face with us, within us, we have Our Lord Jesus, our God whose love for us is infinite, who is himself almighty, who has told us to seek for the kingdom of God and that everything else will be given us. In that blessed and omnipotent company, we just go straight along the path of the greatest perfection, certain that nothing will happen to us that we cannot use as a source of the greatest good for his glory and the sanctification of ourselves and others, and that everything that happens is either willed or permitted by him, and therefore, far from lying under the shadow of fear, we have only to say, “Whatever happens — God be praised!” praying that he will arrange everything not in accordance with our ideas but for his greater glory.  We should never forget the two axioms: “Jesus is with me” and “Whatever happens, happens by the will of God.”

– Charles de Foucauld, from Charles de Foucauld: Essential Writings, edited by Robert Ellsberg (taken from A Maryknoll Book of Inspiration by Michael Leach and Doris Goodnough)

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