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Musings 2006/205

The punishment upon criminals now and in the past has been the withdrawal of their ability to use their freewill - that is, to contain them in prison where they are subjected to daily limitations of freewill, placing innumerable restrictions upon them.
Scripture contains a plethora of events from Adam to Jesus Himself, that result from man's misuse of his freewill. It portrays history as having a tidal effect where man rebels; where man repents drawing God forgiveness, healing and resurgence; where man again rebels; and so on.
Man's actions in history are an accumulation of his manifold, alternating abuse and good use of his freewill.
His abuse of freewill, ensuring such wide-spread atrocities as abortion, slavery and starvation, are definite signs that God has decreed the freewill of man as sacrosanct - otherwise He'd simply disintegrate creation and start over again (an impossible consideration, because God can not err).
(I used to argue with my father who half-seriously claimed he could do a better job running the universe then God, pointing out the tragedies that daily occur to children around the world.
My argument was that the only way that the atrocities - which are caused by mankind, not by God - could be stopped altogether, was to
take away the freewill of man. I would then ask him if that was the way to go for humanity - remove freewill?
While he saw my point he maintained that something
could be done, somehow.)
Nevertheless these atrocities man brings upon himself, remain, and they are further, certain proof that God intends absolute freewill for the human being.
At the same time of course, The Almighty has plans for a glorious human race, perfect in every possible way in The Mystical Body of Christ, the Kingdom of God.

But even that divine Plan
requires the free co-operation of man.

Everything we Have has Been Given us
The Almighty has given us everything we have. Even our thoughts come from influences outside ourselves or as a result of other thoughts given us.
Certainly our physical and mental abilities are given to us; even our spiritual abilities and capabilities.
There is nothing that we have that is not given to us, except

for one thing.

Even the capacity to have and to use freewill has been given to us but

how we use our freewill
is absolutely
our own.

What we decide to do, with what we are given, belongs to us totally and it is only upon these decisions of ours that our beings become destined for Heaven or hell.
The use of our freewill is the pivot of our existence -
not our special abilities or capabilities; not our beauty or wealth or power.

What we do
with what we are given is all-important.

P  49 19 11  As they were hearing these things, he added and spoke a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately be manifested.
49 19 12 He said therefore: A certain nobleman went into a far country, to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
49 19 13 And calling his ten servants, he gave them ten pounds, and said to them: Trade till I come.
49 19 14 But his citizens hated him: and they sent an embassage after him, saying: We will not have this man to reign over us.
49 19 15 And it came to pass, that he returned, having received the kingdom: and he commanded his servants to be called, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
49 19 16 And the first came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
49 19 17 And he said to him: Well done, thou good servant, because thou hast been faithful in a little, thou shalt have power over ten cities.
49 19 18 And the second came, saying: Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
49 19 19 And he said to him: Be thou also over five cities.
49 19 20 And another came, saying: Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin;
49 19 21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up what thou didst not lay down, and thou reapest that which thou didst not sow.
49 19 22 He saith to him: Out of thy own mouth I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up what I laid not down, and reaping that which I did not sow:
49 19 23 And why then didst thou not give my money into the bank, that at my coming, I might have exacted it with interest?
49  19  24 And he said to them that stood by: Take the pound away from him, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
49  19  25 And they said to him: Lord, he hath ten pounds.
49  19  26 But I say to you, that to every one that hath shall be given, and he shall abound: and from him that hath not, even that which he hath, shall be taken from him.
PLuke
How wonderful is this parable of The Lord in its teaching. Surely we can equate the
pound with the abilities God has given us, and His request Trade till I come as our freewill, as  to what to do with our abilities.
That being the case, we observe that the servant who chose to do nothing with the
pound given him - that is to say, to achieve nothing in the Eyes of God because of the disgraceful use of his freewill  - loses everything.
We gain
merit through our decisions.
P  426. What is merit?  2006-2010 2025-2026  In general merit refers to the right to recompense for a good deed. With regard to God, we of ourselves are not able to merit anything,

having received everything
freely from him.

However, God gives us the possibility of acquiring merit through union with the love of Christ, who is the source of our merits before God.

The merits
for good works, therefore
must be attributed in the first place
to the grace of God and then
to the free will of man. PCompendium of The CCC.                                        W

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