Father Len explains why freedom is a virtue and what it takes to achieve real freedom.
Highlights, Ideas, and Wisdom
- Real freedom is achieved when we become free to live a life of love and community, free from selfishness, ego, anger, hatred, and revenge.
- Father Len tells the story of how Congressman John Lewis’s faith gave him the freedom to love his enemies.
- Father Len illustrates the opposite of freedom with the story of a very wealthy and brilliant Englishman. He had all the money and time to do whatever he wanted to do in this world, but became imprisoned by his ego, selfishness, anger, and insecurity.
- We all wear some sort of psychological mask at times to make us appear to be shiny and happy people able to do whatever we want.
- Religion can free us from our psychological masks.
- Father Len shares the story of a millionaire Hollywood producer who traded his huge mansion, fancy cars, and extremely unhappy life for a tiny house, a bike to ride to work, and a happy life.
- The constant need to get whatever we want in this world is a type of slavery or idolatry.
- An Idol is something that promises fulfillment, but leaves us empty.
- Religion doesn’t satisfy all our wants. It frees us from them.
- Real freedom requires sacrifice.
- “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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