Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 286 Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 286 - Part II. What is freedom and what is it for?

(Youcat answer - repeated) Freedom is the God-given power to be able to act of one’s own accord; a person who is free no longer acts under the influence of someone else.

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 1722) Such beatitude surpasses the understanding and powers of man. It comes from an entirely free gift of God: whence it is called supernatural, as is the grace that disposes man to enter into the divine joy. "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." It is true, because of the greatness and inexpressible glory of God, that "man shall not see me and live," for the Father cannot be grasped. But because of God's love and goodness toward us, and because he can do all things, he goes so far as to grant those who love him the privilege of seeing him.... For "what is impossible for men is possible for God" (St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 4, 20, 5: PG 7/1, 1034-1035).    

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) God created us as free men and wills our freedom so that we might decide wholeheartedly in favor of the good, indeed for the greatest “good” in other words, for God. The more we do what is good, the freer we become.

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 1729) The beatitude of heaven sets the standards for discernment in the use of earthly goods in keeping with the law of God.
(The next question is:  But doesn’t “freedom” consist of being able to choose evil as well?)

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