July 1

Reflection

When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a truly free person there are no expectations, only an invitation to reach into ourselves and discover there our own freedom. Where true inner freedom is, there God is. And where God is, there we want to be.
Henri Nouwen 

Prayer

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17 

Action

Consider the blocks to your own inner freedom. What needs to be resolved to achieve your inner freedom?  How can that happen?

Suggested Reading

If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
John 8:31-32

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:5

Catholics must rediscover what it means to be free, and to work to preserve the common home that God has given us. The world needs free people!
Pope Francis

Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.
Saint Francis de Sales

Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
Mahatma Gandhi

Mental and emotional freedom is not the denial of truth — it’s the recognition that truth isn’t something we need to run from or be afraid of.
T.K. Coleman

Divine life is basically the inner freedom to choose the right and the good spontaneously.
Thomas Keating

There is no authentic inner freedom that does not, sooner or later, also affect and change human history.
Rollo May

To enjoy freedom we have to control ourselves.
 Virginia Woolf

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