When Are You Really Free

Bishop Fulton J Sheen

from Fulton Sheen:   When you know the truth about something.

For example, you are free to draw a triangle on the condition you give it three sides and not thirty-three.

You are free to draw a giraffe if you draw it with a long neck. If you do not accept the truth about the nature of giraffes and instead give it a short neck, you will find you are not free to draw a giraffe.

You are free to drive your automobile in traffic on the condition that you obey the traffic laws. You are free to pilot a plane if you respect the laws of gravitation and acknowledge the truth of aviation.

That is what Jesus meant when He said, ” The truth will set make you free.”

The wise hunger for Truth; fools feed on trash. Proverbs 15:14

We are free to be kind, loving, joyful people and go to Heaven when we obey the rules. What are the rules? The rules are the Ten Commandments given to mankind by God, which are:

  • “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any gods before Me.” …
  • “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” …
  • “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.” …
  • “Honor thy father and mother.” …
  • “Thou shalt not kill.” …
  • “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” …
  • “Thou shalt not steal.”
  • “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
  • “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife
  • “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s goods

The fact is God imposed on all mankind His Commandants so that we could live in Peace and Justice… We must all realize that God is our very loving Father and our Creator and He does all He does to make a life for us better. Just as the traffic laws make it safe to drive our vehicles on streets and highways, the Ten Commandments, when followed diligently, will bring us Peace and Justice and lead us to eternal life with God in Heaven.

We must allow God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit to be in control of our lives, as Mary did when she accepted God’s call to be the Mother of God.

We must visit God’s House (The Church) often and develop a strong prayer life. I have a cousin

that lived less than a mile from our aunt, and he never went to see her. This aunt was his babysitter when was too young to attend school. When my aunt made out her will, she left him out. Don’t let that be the case with our Lord. You do not want to lose your Heavenly inheritance. 

In their early years, many of the Saints lead lives of debauchery, but thankfully they changed course and changed the world for the good. It is never too late to change course. We all have the ability to change the world for the good. 

Nothing we have done is unforgivable. Every offense was paid for on The Cross. But like any inheritance, we must accept it in the way God has laid out. Jesus paid an extremely high price to rescue us from our sins and take us to live with him in Heaven. If you want to know how much God loves you, look at the crucifix.

Matthew Kelly of Dynamic Catholic suggests the world needs holy moments. He says history is a collection of holy moments and unholy moments. To change the world the holy moments must outweigh the unholy.

What is a holy moment? According to Matthew, a holy moment is a moment when you make yourself completely available to God. You set self-interest aside, you set aside what you want to do or feel like doing, and for that moment you do exactly what you sense God is calling you to do. The saints were masterful at taking the ordinary, everyday events of life and turning them into holy moments.

Bottom line: We are all called to be saints. In fact, it is required to enjoy eternal life with God in Heaven. The fact is the world needs you. The very best-version-of-you, fully alive and collaborating with God to create as many holy moments as possible.

When you strive to be the very best version of yourself and create holy moments, your whole being is blessed with peace, love, joy and it truly is a great way to live. Just think; you can allow your creator, who has all the intelligence in the whole universe, who is total love and mercy, who took care of all your transgressions on The Cross to be in charge of your life, why would anyone ever choose not to surrender to God, and allow Him, your most loving father to be in charge of your life.

Why go it alone when you can have the greatest mentor in the universe as your partner, your soulmate. Only when we chose God as our mentor, our soulmate will we really be free. In the words of Saint Augustine,  

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

Don’t be conceited and proud; it’s safer to trust and reverence the Lord than to trust and reverence yourself!  Proverbs 3:7

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