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Part Three

1740

Threats to freedom.

The exercise of freedom does not imply

a right to say or do everything. It is false to maintain that man, “the

subject of this freedom,” is “an individual who is fully self-suffi-

cient and whose finality is the satisfaction of his own interests in

the enjoyment of earthly goods.”

33

Moreover, the economic, social,

political, and cultural conditions that are needed for a just exercise

of freedom are too often disregarded or violated. Such situations

of blindness and injustice injure the moral life and involve the

strong as well as the weak in the temptation to sin against charity.

By deviating from the moral law man violates his own freedom,

becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellow-

ship, and rebels against divine truth.

1741

Liberation and salvation.

By his glorious Cross Christ has

won salvation for all men. He redeemed them from the sin that held

them in bondage. “For freedom Christ has set us free.”

34

In him we

have communion with the “truth that makes us free.”

35

The Holy

Spirit has been given to us and, as the Apostle teaches, “Where the

Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

36

Already we glory in the

“liberty of the children of God.”

37

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Freedomand grace. The grace of Christ is not in the slightest

way a rival of our freedom when this freedom accords with the

sense of the true and the good that God has put in the human heart.

On the contrary, as Christian experience attests especially in

prayer, the more docile we are to the promptings of grace, the more

we grow in inner freedom and confidence during trials, such as

those we face in the pressures and constraints of the outer world.

By the working of grace the Holy Spirit educates us in spiritual

freedom in order to make us free collaborators in his work in the

Church and in the world:

Almighty and merciful God,

graciously keep from us all adversity,

so that, unhindered in mind and body alike,

we may pursue in freedom of heart

the things that are yours.

38

33 CDF, instruction,

Libertatis conscientia

13.

34

Gal

5:1.

35 Cf.

Jn

8:32.

36

2 Cor

17.

37

Rom

8:21.

38

Roman Missal,

32nd Sunday, Collect:

Omnipotens et misericors Deus,

universa nobis adversantia propitiatus exclude, ut, mente et corpore pariter

expediti, quæ tua sunt liberis mentibus exsequamur.

2108

1887

782

2002

1784