St. Josemaria’s Love for Freedom

St. Josemaria’s Love for Freedom

St. Josemaria's Love for Freedom The right to the exercise of freedom, especially in moral and religious matters, is aninalienable requirement of the dignity of the human person. This right must be recognizedand protected by civil authority within the limits of common...

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Religious Freedom and Obedience to the State

Religious Freedom and Obedience to the State

The state has a duty to protect the private and public exercise of religion and eachperson’s right to religious freedom—no one should be forced to act against his conscience: In what way does a person exercise his or her proper...

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Respecting Authority and civic Law

Respecting Authority and civic Law

Jesus confirms John's teaching Jewish leaders often challenged Jesus, yet he encouraged us to respect all legitimateauthority. For example, when the Scribes and Pharisees try to trap our Lord, dragging before hima woman they caught in adultery: should we obey the Law,...

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Family (Social) Participation

Family (Social) Participation

Children often complain and criticize parents and their rules, especially when they don’t get to do what they want. Citizens often do the same with governmental leaders and laws. Yet our responsibility goes beyond obeying legitimate authorities and laws. As children...

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mercy and obedience

mercy and obedience

Often people reduce the Fourth Commandment, “Honor thy father and mother,” to achild’s obligation to obey. Certainly obedience is important, as a child honors his parents andGod by obeying them and God’s law. Obedience is the child’s way of saying that he trust that...

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Honoring our merciful father

Honoring our merciful father

We honor our parents not because they give us what we want but because they represent our merciful God who gives us his loving and life-giving Spirit: What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an...

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Civic Responsibility and the Freedom of Religion

Civic Responsibility and the Freedom of Religion

Civic Responsibility Freedom (in temporal affairs) Truth (Holy Intransigence) and Charity (Holy Tolerance) Pursuing the Political Common Good Our Civic and Political Obligation One Party Politics A Voter’s Guide: Do We Need One? Choose a Spouse… a Parent Voter’s...

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Mercy and Forgiveness

Mercy and Forgiveness

Mercy and Forgiveness Pope Francis reminds us of the importance of forgiving others: Jesus does not say, “Blessed are those who plot revenge.” He calls “blessed” those who forgive and do so “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22). We need to think of ourselves as an...

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Returning to Sunday Obligation

Returning to Sunday Obligation

Returning to Sunday Obligation On the First Sunday of Advent, the dispensation from obligation to attend Mass on Sunday will be lifted in the Archdiocese of Chicago. While many people have returned to regular Sunday Mass attendance—our numbers at St. Mary of the...

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Meek Toward the Human Body 

Meek Toward the Human Body 

Meek Toward the Human BodyRespecting human life means also respecting the body, temple of God’s gift of life and of the Holy Spirit. Meekness towards our body means giving it proper nutrition and care—as we would any gift from someone we loved and respected—and...

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