The Spirit leads us to freedom

God created us to be free because He did not intend that we should be forced to do His will. He gave us free will, so that we could choose to live according to His law.

God created us to be free because He did not intend that we should be forced to do His will. He gave us free will, so that we could choose to live according to His law.

God clearly wishes us to be in heaven for eternity after our pilgrim journey on this earthly life is ended, and He gave us the Church to provide us with the means to make this happen.

A common error is to think that God gave us free will so that we could choose either good (God’s will) or evil.

This cannot be true because God never wills evil. God gave us free will so that we could freely choose Him.

Hence freedom for all its attractiveness also has a serious shortcoming. And Saint Paul was conscious of this when he offered practical advice to the Christians in Galatia.

In his letter to them he wrote: “My brothers and sisters, you were called, as you know, to liberty; but be careful, or this liberty will provide an opening for self-indulgence.”

Full sermon in this week’s Tipperary Star.