A Pilgrim's Catechism

The Occasional Thoughts of a 21st-Century Roman Catholic on Journey

Towards the Reign of God 

 Cosimo Roselli:  Crossing the Red Sea

 Is true freedom “from” or “for?”

To be free is to live without constraint, to be in possession of one’s own being.


Too often, freedom is understood as freedom “from.”  The Israelites, enslaved in Egypt, longed for their freedom.  If only they could be delivered out of Egypt everything would be alright.  Once across the sea, they discovered that had merely exchanged one form of slavery for another.  In the desert they discovered themselves enslaved by their rebellion against God and their sinfulness.


The youngster growing up longs for their freedom.  If only I could get out of the house and get finished with school everything will be alright.  If only I could get a car to get away everything will be alright.  If only I could get this job, everything will be alright.  If only I could marry Mary . . .


Nothing ever finally seems to be alright because one is only fleeing from a situation that seems oppressive.  Exchanging one form of oppression for another.


Almost every person has had moments during their life when they have committed themselves unselfishly to another or to others and there experienced happiness.  Unfortunately these moments pass all too quickly and one returns to the old slaveries.


True freedom, when one is in possession of one’s own being, is when one forgets self in giving to others.  True freedom is freedom “for.”

















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What is a human being?

A creature composed of body and soul?

Made in the image and likeness of God?

When does human life begin?

When is there a human person?

What is the fundamental human experience?

What does it mean for human beings to be responsible?

Can a human being interact with God?

Who is called?

Who is sent?

All are called but does not each individual have a special vocation?

Is faith to be found outside the Church?

Is true freedom “from” or “for?”

What does it mean, “to follow one’s conscience?”