Ultimate freedom means choosing the good, bishop says

Bishop James Conley, a firm supporter of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land made numerous remarks in support of the need for religious freedom in the United States.  We cannot help but apply those remarks to Christian Arabs in the Holy Land.

(CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley joined other religious leaders in Lincoln, Neb. for a prayer service for religious liberty, reminding those present that choosing goodness is what constitutes ultimate freedom.

“We are set free by Christ so that we can love as God loves,” the bishop said June 27.

“Freedom is the responsibility to choose goodness over profit, or comfort, or consequence. As the letter of St. James says, freedom is the responsibility to ‘be doers of the word, not hearers only.’”

The ecumenical prayer service was held at Zion Presbyterian Church in Lincoln and fell during the most recent “Fortnight for Freedom” announced by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The two week period from June 21 to July 4 is to be a time of prayer and fasting for religious freedom in the United States.

In his remarks on Friday, the bishop touched on the history of one of America’s most beloved hymns, “Amazing Grace,” which he said serves as an example of what it means to be set free by the grace of God to choose the good.