Why Christ Has Made Us Free!

Galatians 5:1
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

In the U.S. today, Americans are taken up with general jollification over the gift of political liberty won for them by their ancestors in the American Revolution.  One aspect of jollification which most people don’t need to work too hard figuring out is that it has no “practical” value.  We don’t play in order to achieve something or fulfill some grim economic necessity.  We play because play is good and we are creatures whose dignity is properly reflected by play, just as the Creator’s dignity is properly reflected in creating a universe for no other reason than because He gratuitously decided to do it.  In the same way, we are not free “in order that” some utilitarian purpose may be fulfilled.  We are free because we ought to be free: it suits the sort of creatures we are, free creatures made in the image of the free God.  So light off a firecracker for freedom today and thank God, who is the Author of freedom for the gift of freedom.

Mark Shea


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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