What a different thing is the freedom and happiness of the child of God, of the soul in a state of grace, of the faithful and obedient servant!
True liberty is the service of God in love; a clear calm view of eternal things, the detachment of the heart from creatures; it is to be freed supernaturally and utterly from the bonds of time, of material needs and human obstacles.
Then when the sirens call is and would entice us to liberty, incite us to break the eternal precepts of Order, Right and Virtue, by withdrawing us from the sovereign authority of God, the soul will rise up in its dignity and its pride and with indignant tone return to these dreamers of easy, fictitious and deceptive liberty, the great answer of the Apostles and Martyrs: ‘Non possumus, we cannot. It is better to obey God rather than man,’ or more gently, with the royal prophet, the soul whispers to the Master of its will: ‘For better is one day in Thy courts above thousands…in the tabernacles of sinners.’
(To be continued.)