The Right to Do As We Ought

We live in a time of great contradiction.

We have the ability to do whatever we want, in many respects. Society tells us that this is freedom. But having the ability to do whatever you want is not freedom.

Society has enslaved us to our circumstances and to our desires. It has perverted our sexual desires. It has equated our conscience to our feelings. It has reduced us to the cross that Christ gave us. And the worst part – society tells us that this is freedom. And we believe it.

Abortion is legal. Same-sex marriage is legal. Girls start taking contraception as early as junior-high. College students are expected to get drunk on the weekends. Nobody bats an eye at one-night-stands. Divorce happens. Life happens. As long as we are gratifying our desires, who cares? As long as our circumstances are difficult, nobody should be able to judge our actions, right? There are no absolutes, only how I feel, and what I want. At least that’s what society has told me.

But Pope St. John Paul the Great said, “Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

And in Romans 12:2, St. Paul wrote: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but we transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Jesus has made us for more.