What it means to Live Free

live free bigPope John Paul II defines freedom as:

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.”

reedom is not always an issue of liberty or independence to choose and do whatever pleases us, but freedom is about “being in a state of peace, happiness, satisfaction, as a result of our choosing what is right”. It is a guilt-free, fearless, shameless, stress-free kind of life.

So how exactly can we live free?

1. Choose What is Right

The end will never justify the means…Doing something wrong will never make us happy simply because it deprives us of experiencing complete freedom. We are freest when we are able to say ‘Yes’ to do good; when no addiction, no compulsion, no habits prevent us from choosing and doing what is good.

2. Decide to be Happy

According to Pope John Paul’s Theology of the Body, God planted in our hearts an infinite desire for happiness that nothing can satisfy but God Himself. Any earthly fulfillment can only be a foretaste of eternal happiness.

“Happiness is not in us, nor is happiness outside of us. Happiness is in God alone. And if we have found Him, then it is everywhere”. – Blaise Pascal

3. Un-complicate Your Life

It’s complicated! Try not to complicate your life by complicating how you love.

God is the author of “true and genuine love”. He never intended it to be complex and unfathomable. In fact, He wants all of us to experience its fullness and greatness in our lives. Unfortunately, people are the ones complicating how love should be, most especially when we fall in love for the wrong reasons.

But God loves us in every “complicated” situation, even in the state of sin. He helps us to seek the whole truth about love and to find ways to live it more and more decisively. We need to learn that every life is a process and that whatever may have happened in the past, we have a new beginning with God’s help.

We are created out of Love and we have been given the freedom to enjoy this life. Love is the very essence of our existence. The more we do what is good, the freer we become.

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