“For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm
and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”
St. John Paul II said, “Freedom exists for the sake of love.” I’ve been reflecting this weekend on the theological virtues. I had the awesome opportunity to attend a young adult conference in Milwaukee led by Fr. John Burns and Sr. Miriam James Heidland. This totally outdoor conference gave an experience of beauty that I’ve really needed. The theme’s our presenters unpacked at the three sessions of the conference were indeed faith, hope, and love. Fr. Johnny talked about love as the mechanism by which we practice faith and hope. We love because we believe that something that seems impossible is attainable: that we will never die. We hope that we will attain that object, and our hope causes us to love.
Christ sets us free from the slavery of doubt, of despair, and of fear. These three things are tools the evil one uses to keep us from God, but through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus offers us freedom from them. We must respond by doing the hard work of choosing to cultivate faith, hope, and love in our lives. Only in that way will we remain free from the yoke of slavery.
-Amanda Benner, Director of Evangelization