Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bulletin Cover 13th Sunday of the Year

he freedom ‘for which Christ freed us’ – there is no other freedom—is no individualistic freedom, since this freedom consists in service to one’s neighbor: ‘serve one another in love’. It is no libertine freedom, for sensual lusts directly contradict the freedom that the guiding Spirit of Christ grants us. That man has to struggle against himself and his lusts in order to receive true freedom is not denial of his having been given freedom, for Christ himself had to struggle during his temptations. In order to be free one must overcome the contradictions within himself. The freedom of Christ is to constantly do the will of the Father. To follow him in that makes one truly free. The freedom to which Christ calls us is his own freedom. In that freedom we receive a share in God’s inner, Trinitarian, absolute freedom. – Fr. Hans Urs von Balthasar

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