“Having your church chosen for you, your work, your laws, your religion, your clothes, your schooling; your whole life laid out for you. Now, that’s, that’s what I call liberation.”
This is a quote from a documentary that I watched in class about the Amish.
The screaming paradox within this quote startled me.
Having no freedom
is as liberating as can be?
The gift of choice being taken away
The Amish, as I have learned,
appear to be the original
‘Not of this World’ promoters.
They believe themselves to be living in this world
but they do not consider themselves part of this world.
Though we would consider them to be lacking in freedom,
they see themselves as free.
We have been given a choice.
We have been given free will.
We have an opportunity to choose God
There’s only two options
and we do have a choice.
Much of the Gospel contains great paradoxes.
Christ died that we might have life,
it is in giving that we receiving,
and in dying that we are born.
So too with Montfort,
giving of everything,
remaining with God Alone,
and finding that we have all we could ever need.
Freedom is a paradox too.
We must free ourselves of decision making,
of chance taking,
and of life directing.
We must surrender.
It is through complete dependence on God that we find freedom.
We are told that freedom is
the gift of doing whatever you want.
And we do still have a choice.
But true freedom is different than
we perceive it.
True freedom is being wholly dependent on God,
dependence on the Way, the Truth, and the Life,
and the call of the human race to serve God and one another.
Maybe the Amish don’t have it quite right just yet
but there is something to be said for their understanding of the fact that
only when we truly surrender it all
do we find liberation,
do we find freedom,
do we find Christ,
giver of free will and source of freedom.
This Lenten blog series is based upon St. Louis de Montfort's writings. Unless otherwise noted, all the phrases in quotation marks are taken from the book Jesus Living in Mary.