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Christ has set us free... (Galatians 5:1)
"Now Christ says: 'You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.' (John 8:32)" --Pope John Paul II, Dilecti Amici
How can the truth make us free? Well, think about it. When you tell a lie what do you feel inside? You feel really yucky and kind of tied up in knots, right? Lies tie us up--we're not free. But truth does the opposite. It unties us. It makes us feel good inside. It sets us free because we don't have fear of being caught in a lie.
This week, find a short piece of rope about 3 or 4 inches long. Tie the rope in a knot and stick it in your pocket. Carry that piece of rope with you all week. When you get in a situation where you feel the need to tell a lie--even an itty-bitty lie--reach in your pocket and feel that knot. Ask yourself, "is this how I want to feel inside?" Untie that knot. Tell the truth and feel what being free feels like.
Lord, you are the way, the truth, and the life. Help me to always choose to be free by telling the truth.
Sometimes the Pope is affectionately referred to as "Papa." This comes from the Greek word pappa, which means father.
My Dear Young Friends: Pope John Paul II Speaks to Youth on Life, Love, and Courage
Copyright © 2002 -- Reprinted with permission of the editor, John M. Vitek.
My Dear Young Friends, a collection of fifty-two weekly reflections on living in the Spirit, invites young people to read and act on Pope John Paul II's inspiring addresses to young people gathered at annual World Youth Day celebrations. Please visit www.smp.org for more information from the publisher, Saint Mary's Press.