Day 8 (Mar 5)
– Making Intentional Choices

Day 8 (Mar 5)
Making Intentional Choices

What would you choose?

“We cannot have it both ways; if we are free, we are responsible; if we are not responsible, we are not free.”

- Venerable Fulton Sheen

To be able to make choices freely is God's great gift to humankind. “Freedom characterizes properly human acts. It makes the human being responsible for acts of which he is the voluntary agent. His deliberate acts properly belong to him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1745)

In an Angelus address, Pope Benedict XVI mentioned that Jesus' use of parables  demands the effort of interpretation, challenges the mind but also freedom of those who listen. The pope explains further: “God's true 'Parable' is Jesus himself, his Person who, in the sign of humanity, hides and at the same time reveals his divinity. In this manner God does not force us to believe in him but attracts us to him with the truth and goodness of his incarnate Son: love, in fact, always respects freedom.”

True love towards somebody always prompts us to make intentional choices for his greatest benefit, regardless of the cost that is to be paid.


Do I exercise my freedom in such a way as a response to the generosity of God to me,
or is it always based on selfish motives?


Lord, help me put your gift of freedom to good use,
so that every choice I make draws me closer to you.

As my response to your invitation, Lord, throughout this Lent, I will be much more conscious in choosing you in every aspect of my life,
including how I spend my time, my money, and my energy.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.