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I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God gives us freedom to choose to follow His truth

The readings for the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time focus on the unseen and hidden areas of our hearts in which God actively works with the power of His word.

In the first reading, God articulates what is happening in the heart of the Jewish followers: "You say, 'The Lord's way is not fair!'" Thus, God surfaces the hidden attitudes of people called to follow His way to freedom. In effect, He answers by suggesting that His ways are fair and just, but their behavior isn't.

BEFORE THE CROSS | In exercise of freedom, will we choose life, or death?

A skydiver leaps from a plane and speeds toward the ground. She can exercise her freedom in two ways: Pull the ripcord and open the parachute, or not. Either way it's her choice. But one choice leads to life and the other leads to death.

The same is true of the city of St. Louis declaring itself an abortion sanctuary and of states that are considering legalizing physician-assisted suicide. Like the skydiver, the primary question isn't whether they're free. The primary question is whether the choice leads to life or death.

EDITORIAL | Mother Church does not choose favorites

When our nation's political and cultural divisions strain goodwill and basic charity toward others, it may be helpful to turn our attention to an institution that considers politics and social issues as important, yet secondary concerns.

Yes, the Catholic Church regularly takes stands on contentious moral issues, but she does so from motivations that transcend politics. Any position she takes flows from prior fundamental beliefs about the nature of reality, the goodness of creation, the dignity of humanity, the reality of free will, sin, forgiveness and life everlasting.

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