Tag Archives: Freedom

Trapped…Finding a Voice for Marriage

If you ventured into the world of Facebook at the end of March, you likely found yourself in a war zone.    Instead of profile pictures of faces, there was a sea of red equal signs and plus signs.  Nearly every status included an opinion on what marriage is or should be.  Angry comments were left on nearly every status.  Slogans were repeated.  Memes and graphics were used to defend a point.  Early on March 26, I found myself in the middle of the non-virtual war zone.  I was standing in the street in Washington, …

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Saints Perpetua and Felicity: There is Neither Slave, Nor Free in Christ

When we view the Church’s history, we see many notable pairings: Saints Peter and Paul, Timothy and Titus, Cosmas and Damian – as well as the memorial of Saints Perpetua and Felicity (March 7). All of these saints are linked for a reason – either in life or through death (as in the case of martyrs) or both. Perpetua and Felicity have an unexpected connection – which could easily be viewed as an essential incongruity.  Perpetua was a woman of noble birth and Felicity was her slave. Though the two women were from very different …

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Truly Free: Pope Benedict XVI

On our youth ministry Winter retreat a few weeks ago, I closed the weekend with a talk about how some people think following Jesus is boring, that being a Saint is lame—that’s it’s all rules—“Don’t do this” or “You can’t do that.” – that God takes the fun out of everything.  I talked about how those people think that to “be their own person” means ditching God, and that freedom means doing whatever they want to do. And then I read this, from Pope Benedict XVI: The person who abandons himself totally in God’s hands …

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Contra-Freedom: Two Insightful Contraception Ads (That Teach Way More about the Human Heart than Intended)

Over the last few months, two contraceptive advertisements have really made me stop and think, though this was probably not the intention of the companies.  Let me explain… Exhibit A – Nuvaring This female contraceptive method involves the once-per-month placement of a plastic ring in the vagina, which releases low amounts of hormones to prevent pregnancy.  Of particular interest is the fact that Nuvaring’s marketing strategy points out the bondage of the pill.  The company uses lines like: -Monthly birth control that’s easy to use? -Break free from the pack. -Let freedom ring. -Birth control …

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The Narrow Path

Matthew 7:14 “How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” Freedom is wonderful…but sometimes it causes us to be shackled in chains. With so many choices it can lead to “egos gone wild.” It’s a veritable smorgasbord of options! But no amount of power, prestige or possessions will be enough to satisfy that yearning for more. What we are all really trying to do is fill a hole in our hearts that was placed there by our Maker…a hole that only God can fill. …

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