Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!


Avery Cardinal Dulles [before he was made Cardinal] on Freedom:
In current popular thinking, freedom is understood to mean the capacity to do whatever one pleases, without moral or physical restraints. This arbitrary view of freedom points the way to uninhibited individualism, social chaos, and defiance of moral standards. Many people imagine that entering into firm commitments, such as a vocation or a family relationship, will impair their freedom. They therefore go through life unattached, guided by passing whims rather than firm convictions. Such lives quickly become empty and meaningless...

Lord Acton and other wise thinkers have taught us that true freedom is not the same as license. It is not the power to do whatever we like but to choose what is good. Morality is not a barrier to our freedom but a condition of authentic self-realization. To make responsible commitments is not to negate our freedom but to fulfill its purpose.


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5 comments:

Johane said...

I wish you and your family a very happy 4th of July! Enjoy it in good health and good fun. :D

Vicki said...

Amen! Happy 4th of July.

Kristen Laurence said...

Happy 4th, Suzanne!

Matilda said...

Happy Fourth of July to all the Temples!

Jill said...

Happy 4th. Love the new banner on top. How precious!!