Human dignity requires one to act through conscious and free choice, as motivated and prompted personally from within, and not through blind impulse or merely external pressure. People achieve such dignity when they free themselves from all subservience to their feelings, and in a free choice of the good, pursue their own end by effectively […]

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“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. ” —Pope John Paul II Becoming who we are requires free and responsible choices, decisions, and acts. A cat IS who he/she is. There is no question of choice, decision, free action. A human person co-creates himself/herself […]

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Balance, rightly understood, is both essential and challenging to achieve. For us poor pilgrims, it’s a continual task. In #1, I described the beauty of the point-counterpoint of “become who are are”: being and becoming. These two poles of our lives require constant and prayerful awareness. Paraphrasing St. Francis of Assisi, we ask: “Who am […]

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John Paul II by John Murphy

“He plunges into the depths of reality whenever he enters into his own heart; God, Who probes the heart,(7) awaits him there; there he discerns his proper destiny beneath the eyes of God.”—Gaudium et Spes #14 John Paul II was a protagonist of the Second Vatican Council in the early 1960’s and often referred to […]

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I’m re-reading Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est, just beginning. But even the opening paragraph strikes me as telling: that God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–IS love. He/They not only love; He/They ARE love . . . in Their eternal communion of self-giving. St. Francis de Sales taught that we must be meek and lowly of heart, […]

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