Thursday, November 8, 2012

Legion - America - Freedom

I don't normally write about politics because, as I have stated, this blog is about my exit from the Legionaries and how I am living and adapting now.

But the election results have made me stop and think, because there are some similarities between what I experienced and the changes in America.

Life in the Legion was regimented, scheduled and controled. You were asked to offer you freedoam and will up to God as an oblation. In return, the Legion provided your every need: food, clothing, education, family, etc. Sounds good, right? The only problem is that it dehumanizes the person and opens the door to abusing individuals. That's how I see it. That's what happened to me.

The trend I see in America now is similar. People are increasingly willing to offer up their freedom to the government in exchange for the promise it will take care of their needs: health care, food and even a free phone.

I find that disturbing.

Freedom is a fundamental human right, and no one should be tricked into giving it up to anyone or anything. Not even God asks us to do that. Rather he invites us to follow him. But he respects our freedom absolutely.

That's all I have to say.

5 comments:

  1. Pe. John fico feliz de saber noticias de voce. Sou brasileiro e fiz missoes com voce quando era diácono no Rio de Janeiro.
    Estou no México como Legionário e esperando a minha demissao da LC. Fico feliz que voce está feliz e trabalhando em Brasília.
    Um forte abrazo e que Deus te abencoe.
    Mauricio Outeiro

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    1. Mauricio, saudades! Você volta para Brasil? O Arcebispo aceitaria você em seguida.

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  2. Fr. John,
    thanks for blogging and letting people know that there is life after the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi; I am sure you are familiar with the blog of the same name: life.after.rc
    On the other hand, I don't understand why as a priest you assume your readers are Republicans; I also hope that the education you received in the Legion taught you the difference between Communism and Socialism and that you have read the corresponding Encyclicals about social justice which do not agree with blindly following capitalism.
    I agree that the Legion dehumanizes people but I do not see how providing health insurance for the neediest of the citizens dehumanizes anyone.
    And who in God's name would vote for a man who one week is pro-choice and next week is pro-life just to win the votes of gullible one-issue Catholics?

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  3. JohnPaul Lennon - I don't see where Fr. John assumes his readers are Republicans. As someone who was pro-abortion when it was first legalized, I can totally understand someone seeing the light and becoming pro-life. Life happens and people change their views all the time. I also was once a Democrat but that changed when I become pro-life. And I am in favor of social justice after a person is allowed to be born. I can't understand how anyone who calls themselves Catholic could vote for a person who allows infanticide up to the point and even after birth if somehow the baby survives an abortion attempt. I don't know if it is accurate but I read that there were 66 cases of babies left to die after they survived an abortion attempt in the past year. Also what about how the HHS mandate that will take away many of the churches freedoms? To me there is a lot more than one issue that should have kept Catholics from re-electing our President

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