Freedom to Love!

Galatians 5:13
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.

The follower of Christ knows that his vocation is to freedom. “You were called to freedom, brethren”  (Gal 5:13), proclaims the Apostle Paul with joy and pride. But he immediately adds, “only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love be servants of one another” (Gal 5:13). The firmness with which the Apostle opposes those who believe that they are justified by the Law has nothing to do with man’s “liberation” from precepts. On the contrary, the latter are at the service of the practice of love: “For he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the Law. The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this sentence, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'”  (Rom 13:8-9). – Pope John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor

Mark Shea

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Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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