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Friday, July 1, 2016

Pray for Families (The Freedom of the Sheepfold)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

As we approach Independence Day, I’ve been reflecting on “freedom”.

There is the secular definition of freedom as found in the dictionary. (Merriam-Webster Online)

 The quality or state of being free: as
  • the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
  • liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another 
  • the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous 
  • the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken
However, there lacks in this definition any responsibility to one another.

But if you go on biting and devouring one another, beware that you are not consumed by one another.  Galatians 5:15

“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-sufficient and whose finality is the satisfaction of his own interests in the enjoyment of earthly goods… By deviating from the moral law, man violates his own freedom, becomes imprisoned within himself, disrupts neighborly fellowship, and rebels against divine truth.” (CCC 1740)

For it is the will of God that by doing good you may silence the ignorance of foolish people. Be free, yet without using freedom as a pretext for evil, but as slaves of God.  1 Peter 2:15-16

We find true freedom when we submit our lives to Him.

“…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.” (CCC 1742)

Lord, in prayer we lift up our families to you: our biological families, our adopted families, our spiritual families, and all of God’s children.   Shower us with your grace and infuse us with your love, so that we can pour it back out to one another.  May we focus on our commonalities, not our differences.  May we always seek to do good, allowing You to shine through us to others.  May all your lost sheep be guided into the freedom of your sheepfold.  For this we pray, now and forever. Amen.

Peace, Joy, and Love,

We become free when we submit ourselves as slaves to God who loves us! Pass it on!