Notable quotations from Pope Benedict XVI and official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
The Gospel teaches us that true freedom, the freedom of the children of God, is found only in the self-surrender which is part of the mystery of love.
True freedom blossoms when we turn away from the burden of sin, which clouds our perceptions and weakens our resolve, and find the source of our ultimate happiness in Him Who is infinite love, infinite freedom, infinite life. "In His will is our peace."
Real freedom ... is God's gracious gift, the fruit of conversion to His truth which makes us free.
This freedom in truth brings in its wake a new and liberating way of seeing reality. When we put on "the mind of Christ" ..., new horizons open before us.
May you find the courage to proclaim Christ ... and the unchanging truths which have their foundation in Him.... These are the truths that set us free!
... St. Paul tell[s] us that all creation is even now "groaning" in expectation of that true freedom which is God's gift to His children..., a freedom which enables us to live in conformity to His will.
Let us pray fervently that the Church in America will be renewed in that same Spirit, and sustained in her mission of proclaiming the Gospel to a world that longs for genuine freedom, authentic happiness and the fulfillment of its deepest aspirations!
Let us trust in the Spirit's power to inspire conversion, to heal every wound, to overcome every division and to inspire new life and freedom. How much we need these gifts! And how close at hand they are, particularly in the sacrament of Penance!
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