February 18-20, 2000
volume 11, no. 35

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    "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns.

    This weekend Sister differentiates between "freedom" and "license." One is God-given, the other is something forged by selfish souls to mandate their own will on others and it is running rampant today, even usurping legislation where those mistaking freedom for license state they can do whatever they want, forgetting God's inate laws. She points out how "freedom of speech" has been so twisted as to implicate that anyone can say whatever they want, no matter how much they hurt others. Oh how wrong they are, for true freedom means following God's Will as she illustrates in her column this weekend, Can't we say whatever?

    Her column provides effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www .heartofmaryministry. com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy by e-mail.

        Recently, a local rock group here in Omaha had recorded a song in which the words call for the killing of police. This rock group was interviewed by some local news journalists about the dastardliness of the words. The reply of these young singers was that in this country we have freedom of speech, so why can't they say whatever they want to say?

        I cringed in my chair realizing that these young people were not differentiating between FREEDOM and LICENSE. There is a difference --- and NO - WE MAY NOT SAY WHATEVER WE MIGHT WANT TO SAY.

        As a young person, I looked forward to the weekly television programs of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen. What a great speaker and what a great mind!!!! Among the many things I learned from the Bishop was the definition of freedom. He said: "Freedom is the right to do what we should do!" In other words, freedom does not mean that any of us can do or say whatever we feel like doing or saying. For example, your neighbor might be driven to burn down your house, but does he/she have the right to do so? Tabloids print all kinds of stories about people and sometimes get sued for millions for the lies that they print. No one has the right to libel anyone.

        God gave us Ten Commandments to observe. They are not outdated or old fashioned. We are dutifully bound to keep all of them. None of us has the right to act contrary to what God ordains. To act contrary to God's laws is to sin, and as I have written before: NO ONE HAS A RIGHT TO DO WHAT IS WRONG.

        The gravity of the local rock group's song reminded our Omaha community of the death of a very young policeman a few years ago, who was shot by a young man as he sat in his police car.

        Freedom does not mean license. Freedom does not mean we can say or do whatever we please. If we could do so, there would be no law and order in the world. Everyone has rights and laws are necessary to protect those rights.

        There is a great confusion which exists in those minds that think they can call for any evil and be justified in doing do. Frankly, I sometimes wonder if even court justices understand the difference between freedom and license.

        Parents and teachers must do all that they can to help their children, as soon as possible, to understand that there are rules which bind everyone and respect for God and one another implies that certain self-control is in order.

        If people lived by LICENSE only, our world be worse than jungle existence, because even the wild animals have a respect for what nature has built into them.

        Dear reader, this all goes back to keeping God's Commandments. Let us pray for each other. God bless you!


February 18-20, 2000
volume 11, no. 35

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