INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2016

… the power to decide what is good and what is evil does not belong to man, but to God alone … man is certainly free, inasmuch as he can understand and accept God’s commands … he possesses an extremely far-reaching freedom, since he can eat “of every tree in the garden.” But his freedom is not unlimited; it must halt before the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” for it is called to accept the moral law given by God.  In fact, human freedom finds its authentic and complete fulfillment precisely in the acceptance of that law.  God, who alone is good, knows perfectly what is good for man, and by virtue of his very love proposes this good to man in the commandments. (Emphasis added.)

St. John Paul II, in Veritatis Splendor

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Freedom is not without its limits.  It must halt before the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”  Yet how are we living in this day?  Are we living within freedom’s limits?

Do our judges know freedom’s limits?  Or our elect?  Or those who clamor for their own passions?  Do they not routinely act as if they are gods?  Woe, that be so.

Who among us asks: Do our laws and state actions adhere to God’s moral commands?  And who dare stand for God?  Who dare say “Halt” to thy neighbor?

Only he is free whose actions conform to God’s law.

One thought ever at the fore –

That in the Divine Ship, the World, breasting Time and Space,

All Peoples of the globe together sail, and sail the same voyage, are bound for the same destination.

Walt Whitman

[A poem found and published after his death in 1892.]

America is a special place.  Yes, it is now unpopular to say so – but it is.  We founded a country with room for God and man, with freedom constrained by moral law.  This, among other things, distinguishes us and makes us necessary so long as we adhere to life and law under God.

Today our commitment to life under God wanes among many.  ‘Tis a time for choosing. The stakes are high.

God Bless America.

Shalom.

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