Paragraph 1828

1828. The practice of the moral life animated by charity gives to the Christian the spiritual freedom of the children of God. He no longer stands before God as a slave, in servile fear, or as a mercenary looking for wages, but as a son responding to the love of him who “first loved us”:106

If we turn away from evil out of fear of punishment, we are in the position of slaves. If we pursue the enticement of wages, . . . we resemble mercenaries. Finally if we obey for the sake of the good itself and out of love for him who commands . . . we are in the position of children.107

Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

247. Why is the one Mystery of Christ celebrated by the Church according to various liturgical traditions?

324. What place does the sacrament of Holy Orders have in the divine plan of salvation?

408. What is involved in the common good?

569. How can vocal prayer be described?

389. What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

260. Who can baptize?

104. What does the hidden life of Jesus in Nazareth teach us?

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Joseph’s story: How did God use Joseph’s story to fulfill his purposes?

What is the story of the healing of the bleeding woman in Mark 5:25-34?

How was the defeat of the Maccabees at the Battle of Elasa described in 1 Maccabees 6:17-47?

What does the mutual admiration between loved ones mean in the book of Songs?

What does Hosea 7:14-16 reveal about God’s judgment against hypocrisy?

How important is the supremacy of Christ according to Colossians 1:15-20?

What is the example of perseverance in waiting for God’s promises presented in the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in Luke 1:5-25?