Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Truth will Set You Free

Pope John Paul II
"Jesus Christ meets the man of every age, including our own, with the same words: “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” These words contain a fundamental requirement and a warning: the requirement of an honest relationship with regard to truth as a condition for authentic freedom, and the warning to avoid every illusory freedom, every superficial unilateral freedom, every freedom that fails to enter into the whole truth about man and the world. 
"Today also, even after two thousand years, we see Christ as the one who brings man freedom based on truth, frees man from what curtails, diminishes and, as it were, breaks off freedom at its root, in man’s soul, his heart and his conscience."
Redemptor Hominis

(From Patricia, A confession: I was, in my early life, an inveterate liar. I learned it at home, and I did it all the time, and even when it didn't really matter - when really, the truth would have been just as useful as a lie. But once I knew for sure and forever that God's was always right there with me, I stopped completely. I have been repeatedly amazed at the freedom that comes with telling only the truth. It is a freedom from ego for sure, and even from self, and most importantly, an effective way of living trust of God.")

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