Truth and Freedom Therapy – A Therapy or An Apostolate?


‘Therapy’: ‘Treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.’ (Oxford Dictionary)

This website and the service provided is dedicated to helping people to relieve or heal their disorders. This is partly achieved by pointing out the flaws and errors in other therapies, particularly those provided by psychologists and psychiatrists today. It highlights how psychological and psychiatric theories are built on sand and shows how their disciplines and the vast majority of these professionals are detached from reality. These professionals can not relieve or heal disorders as they do not understand what order is. In essence, they cannot give what they do not have. Various blogs on this website have attempted to show this.

Truth and freedom therapy offers an alternative therapy to these flawed and dangerous approaches. It is a therapy that is grounded in reality. Yet, the more I have reflected on the work I do and the blogs I post the more I realise ‘therapy’ does not quite capture what this service offers nor does it capture the focus or end goal of this service.  

This service is based on the reality that we have immortal souls that are destined for either eternal happiness or eternal damnation. This reality cannot be ignored or minimised. Truth and freedom therapy tries to offer people information that will help them to save their souls and attain eternal happiness.  It tries to draw people away from the errors of the world which attempt to deceive people into believing that this life is all we have. It points out the delusions of those who believe that a loving relationship with God is not essential for true happiness. It guides people toward God, His Divine Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Blessed Mother.  It attempts to point out how sanctity and sanity are intimately intertwined. It highlights how happiness and holiness cannot be separated. It tries to give some guidance on how to sanctify ourselves.  Essentially, it is pointing to the practice of the one true faith, i.e. the Catholic faith, as the means to sanctify ourselves. This is the means of maintaining peace of soul and mind as we traverse through this valley of tears. And, more importantly, it is the only means of attaining eternal happiness for eternity. So, while this service may qualify as a therapy given the definition above, at its core it really is an apostolate. Its end goal is to bring people closer to the truth so that by accepting and following Truth Himself one can be truly free.

Given the emphasis and focus of this service it appears insincere and slightly deceptive in calling this service a therapy when really, at its core, it is an apostolate. I have engaged in an attempt over the last two years to draw people away from the errors of psychology and psychiatry toward the truth of the Catholic Faith. It has been designed in a way to draw people to Truth Himself. In this process, He has drawn myself closer to Him and He has helped me to realise that the solution to the difficulties of this life is much simpler and more straightforward than some of my long-winded blogs have made them out to me.  It is essentially loving Him who is Love Himself.  This is the royal path to true liberty.  Yet, this liberty is not the freedom that the world understands or promotes.  This path is rejected by the world as the world knows that this path involves captivity.  As Fr Faber explains in his excellent book on the interior life, ‘Growth in Holiness’: ‘Grace is the opposite of nature; nature everywhere cries liberty, grace cries captivity.’ God calls us gently to this captivity by revealing to us how much He loves us. He leaves it in our hands whether to accept His invitation to love Him in return. ‘It is true that love may lead to surrender of its freedom, indeed this is usually the goal of great love, nevertheless it is a free surrender, or it is of no worth.’– Archbishop Goodier (‘An Introduction to the Study of Ascetical and Mystical Theology’).  In our world today, especially with the draconian measures being used against us in this manufactured ‘pandemic’, many people are crying for ‘liberty’.  On this website, I have continuously emphasised the spirit of liberty. I have realised that on this website and, most certainly, in the world the graceful cry for captivity is rarely heard. Those who do cry for captivity go against the world’s maxims. They are the ones who are swimming against the current of false ‘liberty’, i.e. licence to do what you want.  These souls are given the graces and strength to keep swimming by their submissive and obedient adherence to Truth and Love Himself. Yet, in all this effort, these are the ones who are really free – ‘Liberty of spirit consists in exemption from cares, from remorse, from attachments; and captivity is the only road to this royal liberty.’ – Fr Faber (‘Growth in Holiness’) (See footnote).

To know and serve God is the only freedom’ – Don Sarda y Salvany (‘Liberalism Is A Sin’)

So, the end goal of truth and freedom therapy (or really this Catholic apostolate) is helping people to become captive to the good God so that they can be truly free.  There is no other route to true liberty. While tyrannical governments restrict natural liberties more and more today, they can never stop us from knowing, loving and serving God.  God gives everyone sufficient grace so that they can choose to serve Him. It is a voluntary choice to do otherwise. How sad for those who choose worldly illusions of ‘freedom’ over true freedom! ‘[Sinners] prefer to be ‘free’; that is, they prefer not to be obliged to free themselves from some slavery.’ – Archbishop Goodier.  How sad it is for those who abuse the gifts God has given them! – ‘How can one be free who is separated from the Most High? What harder or more miserable captivity is there than for the soul to have escaped from the hand of its Creator? How happy are they who find themselves laden with the strong fetters and chains of the gifts of God’s mercy, so that they are unable to gain the power to set themselves free…O free will, thou are the slave of thine own freedom, unless thou be pierced through with the fear and love of Him who created thee!’ (St. Teresa of Avila). 

Sin has produced the disordered times we find ourselves in. The enemies of Christ hold the reigns of worldly power and the conciliar church led by pope Francis are aiding the devil. Yet, the Catholic Faith still remains the shining light of faith, hope, and charity, in a world where these virtues are forgotten about or distorted. These complicated times call for a return to simplicity and Tradition if we are to remain captive to Our Lord and free. The Latin Mass, the Sacraments, Our Lady and the Rosary are key here. The anxiety, the depression, the fear that many of us are experiencing in these dark times can only be lifted by the light of faith and a more childlike trust in the goodness and love of our Heavenly Father who knows our needs before we even ask Him (Matthew 6:8).  No therapies can do what a deep, sincere, devoted, and voluntary captivity to Love Himself can do. And the vast majority of therapies today only confuse people more or wrap them further in chains.

So, with this in mind, I am changing the focus of this service/website. It will be focused on apostolate work rather than therapeutic work. I will not be providing counselling or therapy sessions. Rather, I will write occasional blogs, focused on guiding people toward Catholic books, literature, and devotions that will help them develop their spiritual life. I will encourage people to get to the Sacraments wherever they can and find good traditional Catholic priests for guidance and spiritual direction. I, as a layman, might be able to provide some good reading material and some general advice but I cannot provide what good priests can and neither can any other psychological professional. We cannot fill the void left by Catholic priests, bishops and popes abandoning the flock to the wolves of the world since the Vatican II council. I have given my critique of modern psychology, psychiatry, and other therapeutic approaches over the last two years to show that these professionals are doing far more damage than any good in their attempts to fill this void. I invite readers to assess these claims for themselves. Instead of looking for answers to the problems of life from deluded and disordered psychological professionals it is far safer and surer to return to the truth and the simplicity, beauty and majesty of the Catholic Faith. Hopefully, you will see through the illusionary promises of happiness that the world and its slaves offer and by doing so, you will then become captive to the truth.

‘No man can serve two masters’ – Matthew 6:24

The great English martyr, St. Thomas More, served the right Master. He was captivated by Our Lord and His religion. St. Thomas described this life as a prison and we who traverse it as prisoners. He composed a prayer longing to be released from this prison and to attain Heaven where he would be free to love God for all eternity: ‘Give me, good Lord, a longing to be with Thee, not for the avoiding of the calamities of this wretched world; nor so much for the avoiding of the pains of purgatory, nor of the pains of hell neither, nor so much for the attaining of the joys of heaven in respect of mine own commodity, as even for a very love of Thee.’ (‘Sir Thomas More (The Blessed Thomas More)’ by Henri Bremond – p. 146). In his glorious martyrdom, in which he loyally remained captive to Our Lord, his prayer was fulfilled and he was released from this prison. We now have recourse to him so we too may have strength and faith like his to remain loyal captives to Our Lord.

Finally, I will leave you with three quotes from three books I highly recommend, ‘Self Abandonment to Divine Providence’ by Jean-Pierre de Caussade, ‘The Imitation of Christ’, ‘How to Be Happy, How to Be Holy’ by Fr Paul O’Sullivan (available through TAN books) which emphasise the way to true freedom and give advice on how to conduct ourselves in this life to attain this freedom.  May they inspire you to a holier and happier life. 

St. Thomas More, pray for us

‘Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence’ by Jean-Pierre de Caussade

‘God assures to the souls who are faithful to him a glorious victory over the powers of the world and of hell’:

All these monsters [Lucifer and his slaves] come into the world only to exercise the courage of the children of God, and when these have learned enough, God rewards them with the pleasure of killing the monster, and calls new athletes to the arena.  And so this life is a continual spectacle which is the joy of heaven, the training of the saints on earth and the confusion of hell.

Thus, all that is opposed to God’s order does but result in making it more adorable.  All who freely serve iniquity become the slaves of justice, and the divine action builds the Heaven Jerusalem with the ruins of Babylon.’ – p. 160

‘The Imitation’: Book 3, Chapter 38:

On How to Govern Ourselves and on Having Recourse to God in Danger:

Christ: My child, strive diligently for perfect interior freedom and self-mastery in every place, in every action and occupation, so that you be not the slave of anything, but that all things be under your control.

          You must be lord and ruler over your actions, never a bondsman or a mercenary. You must be a free person – similar to a righteous Hebrew – one who is transferred to the rank and the liberty of the children of God. Children of God stand above present things; they contemplate those that are eternal.

           They look upon transient things with the left eye; with the right eye they look at heavenly things. They do not allow temporal things to attract them, nor do they cling to them; instead they make those earthly things serve the end and purpose for which God made and ordained them. For the Divine Artist did not leave anything in all His creatures but what is orderly and governed by laws.

‘How to Be Happy, How to Be Holy’ – Fr Paul O’Sullivan

If we only thought of Heaven, it would console us in our bitterest sorrows. This is what St. Paul means when he says: ‘What are the sorrows and tribulations of this life in comparison with the glory that awaits us?’

            We act like prisoners and slaves content with their miserable lot, who do not long for and sigh for their freedom. We are content with this vale of tears, this poor life with all its miseries, pains, and sorrows.

            The happiness of Heaven should be our aim. It is perfect, complete, absolute. There we shall have no pains, no sorrow, nothing but infinite, immense, complete and perfect happiness. There all our desires shall be satisfied. Our joy will be full.

            Mother of God, help us to understand what Heaven is.’ – p. 167

Footnote:

Extended passage from Fr Faber on this ‘spirit of captivity’ which he describes as one of the weapons to combat the rebellious human spirit found in all of us:

The first [weapon] must be what ascetical writers often call the spirit of captivity. Grace is the opposite of nature; nature everywhere cries liberty, grace cries captivity; and without a resolute good will to take ourselves captive, we shall never beat down the human spirit. The spirit of captivity consists, as an eminent mystical writer tells us, sometimes in submission to a written rule, parcelling out our daily actions so far as our state of life will allow, sometimes in subjection to our director, even against our own judgment, and without feints or wiles, sometimes in conformity to the law of Providence, especially where it thwarts and mortifies our natural liveliness and inclinations, and sometimes also in submission to that attraction of the Holy Spirit which is to many of us like a special revelation. There is also a captivity to frequently recurring, though not daily or obligatory, practices of devotion, a captivity to interior recollection with all its difficulties, trials, and repressions of natural activity; and all mortification is itself but a shape of captivity.’ – p. 190-1

Freeing Yourself From Chains


‘They that trust in Him, shall understand the truth.’ – Wisdom 3:9

The current lock downs, restrictions, and mask wearing are causing much suffering and anguish. This is being seen in the increased prevalence of suicides, anxiety, psychological and emotional issues.  People are on edge as they try to adjust to what the global leaders are calling the ‘new normal’.  Disorder, anxiety, and confusion reign.  The chains of restrictions are becoming tighter and they are slowly suffocating people (in both a metaphorical and actual sense with the forcing of masks on people). These restrictions are trying to suffocate and extinguish the natural enjoyments people have, such as visiting loved ones, healthy social interaction, hobby restrictions, etc. People are beginning to be fed up with all of these restrictions, especially as Christmas approaches. They earnestly desire to get back to ‘normal’ life. Eventually, the pressure of these abnormal conditions may prove so much that they may just take that vaccine that they were very skeptical about in the first place.

There are others, a minority, who will refuse the vaccine and push back against the government enforcement of it.  Most of these will be basing this stance on the erroneous principles that have brought us to where we are currently at in the first place, i.e. liberalism. They will shout and push for ‘freedom’ without really understanding what freedom is.  In the last article, it was highlighted how this desire for freedom amongst many is really a desire for licence to continue in their ‘normal’ sinful life.  At a societal level, it appears clear that the lessons that the good God is trying to teach us are not being learnt.  Yet, at a personal level, even amidst the madness, chaos, and disorder around us, we still have the choice of freedom or chains.  In our clamour to push back against the COVID restrictions and the chains they put around our natural liberties, it appears that many of us are forgetting that the biggest chains we have are those we put around ourselves through sin. This is the major point to remember in these communist times and it is the point again and again emphasised by many spiritual writers. 

Where is our focus?

Trying to fix things around us can feel so much easier and more rewarding than fixing those things within us that we know we need to get a handle on.  As Dom Gerard Chautard, in his classic book, ‘The Soul of the Apostolate’ (1), points out: ‘To live with oneself, within oneself; to desire self-control, and not allow oneself to be dominated by exterior things; to reduce the imagination, the feelings, and even the intelligence and memory to the position of servants of the will and to make this will conform, without ceasing, with the will of God: all this is a program that is less and less welcome to a century of excitement that has seen the birth of a new ideal: the love of action for action’s sake.  Any pretext will serve, if we can only escape this discipline of our faculties: business, family problems, health, good reputation, patriotism, the honour of one’s congregation, and the pretended glory of God, all vie with one another in preventing us from living within ourselves. This sort of frenzy for exterior life finally succeeds in gaining over us an attraction which we can no longer resist.’  This ‘century of excitement’ he talks about was the 19th century, when there were no TVs, no 24/7 news channels, far fewer disturbances by social justice warriors, and far more people who lived simple countryside lives, detached from worldly affairs.  The frenzy for exterior life has only erupted further since that ‘century of excitement’. The 20th century and the start of the 21st century have been filled with people desperate to avoid and distract themselves from themselves. Now, lest people accuse Dom Chautard of encouraging all people to become contemplative hermit monks, ‘The Soul of the Apostolate’ explains how he is far from advocating for passivity and it explains how the interior life fuels the exterior life. He simply speaks about getting one’s priorities right before one embarks on a campaign to sort out the world’s problems. A reminder of this is essential especially in times where people are so eager to fix the current madness around them (2). The current times can exhaust, perplex, and depress us so it is now, more than ever, that we need strong interior lives built on the love of God. As Dom Chautard explains, ‘Only a burning and unchangeable love is capable of filling a whole life with sunlight, for it is love that possesses the secret of gladdening the heart even in the midst of great sorrows and crushing fatigue.’ It is this ‘burning and unchangeable love‘ that will see us through these mad times.

And for those who need a bit more persuading to be convinced that sin causes imprisonment see here a rousing sermon by Fr Chazal, a missionary priest in the Philippines, who highlights how the draconian restrictions and chains that the world and the devil are putting on people today is only a relatively minor reflection of the chains so many people put on themselves by refusing to serve the right Master.

God bless you in your efforts to sanctify yourself and may you find brave priests during these times to help you to do so.

Footnotes:

1.) A free pdf copy of this book is available here: http://www.cmri.org/0-olmc-mission/catholic-books/soul_of_the_apostolate.pdf

2.) There has been an enormous increase in psychological services over the 20th century as psychological and emotional problems continue to increase as people have drift further and further away from the Faith and the effective solutions to problems of the soul and mind, i.e. the Sacraments and a strong interior life. Please see here for a short outline of this development of psychological services and its connection to the false theory of evolution. Now, there are some people genuinely looking for and longing for the Truth and the truth about themselves. God will guide these generous souls to Him and He will help them to see through the lies and deceits of those who claim to help but are really entangling people in more chains, e.g. the Psychological Society of Ireland and psychiatry, in general. But more often, due to the scars of Original Sin, especially pride, we do not search long or hard enough for the truth about ourselves as we are afraid to admit the extent of our own misery and uselessness. We will distract ourselves often with many activities where we think that we are making a positive impact on the world. If we do go for therapy, most of us will only accept help from those who offer ‘sweet little lies’, while trying to numb the voice of our conscience that tells us that all is not right with the answers that are proposed to us. We can face our conscience and overcome this fear of our own wretchedness by looking at the infinite love and care that God has for us as Fr Chazal briefly touches on in the video above.  Through this, we can acknowledge and bravely face the truth about ourselves and, with our willing co-operation, begin to allow Him to heal us. This is the path to true liberty.

COVID – Truth and Freedom

It may be the devil or it may be the Lord. But you’re gonna have to serve somebody‘ – Bob Dylan, ‘Gotta Serve Somebody’

The restrictions enforced on us by nefarious global powers have sparked conversations about civil liberties and have led to protests demanding ‘freedom’. While I usually focus on more personal advice about psychological issues the COVID madness is having such a detrimental effect on people’s minds that it needs to be addressed.  The following article gives the solution to the current situation at both a personal and societal level. It explores why calls for freedom cannot be separated from the Truth and service.

Currently, the enemies of Christ[1] have their teeth in the bones of nations around the world.  Will God pull the bone from the dog’s mouth and discipline this vicious dog with a good whack across the head to alleviate the suffering this dog is causing His unruly children? Or, as His children have deliberately played with this vicious dog, will He allow them to continue to suffer the consequences of their foolishness? Before answering this question let us examine the situation before the COVID madness.

Before the COVID madness, most people had already made their mind up about whether they wanted to know, honour, and love God or not. In Ireland, this was most blatantly obvious in the three most recent Referendums on sodomite ‘marriage’, the murdering of innocent babies, and blasphemy. Before the COVID madness, Irish people had already chosen to become slaves to the devil rather than servants of Our Lord. Now, that the devil and his minions are beginning to show people their true colours in the form of tyrannical rules that stamp on people’s natural liberties and heighten societal disorder some people are demanding their ‘freedom’. Yet, for many, these demands for ‘freedom’ appear to be demands that things return back to the way they were pre-COVID.

Now, God could easily remove the restrictions imposed by COVID in an instant and give people back the natural liberties they demand.  However, so far, He has not, and it does not appear that He will.  And why should He? Why would He give certain liberties to us when He knows that they are likely to be abused? When we look at the following meditation on God’s goodness from St Francis de Sales in ‘The Devout Life’ can any of us honestly say that we have not abused His goodness: ‘God did not bring you into the world because He had any need of you, useless as you are; but solely that He might show forth His Goodness in you, giving you His Grace and Glory. And to this end He gave you understanding that you might know Him, memory that you might think of Him, a will that you might love Him, imagination that you might realise His mercies, sight that you might behold the marvels of His works, speech that you might praise Him, and so on with all your other faculties.’ Have we used what He has given us for His Grace and Glory? Or have we squandered the gifts He has imparted to us? Or, even worse, have we used them to spit in His face and nail Him to the cross? And if God decided to allow these tyrannical restrictions to be lifted what would the vast majority of people do with the restoration of some of their natural liberties? Would they follow what St Francis de Sales says above or would they continue to ignore God and use the gifts He has given them for their own destruction and that of others?

Let us acknowledge that the measures being imposed on people throughout the world are unscientific and unnatural. They contribute to more and more disorder in our societies. Yet, God has allowed them to unfold and allowed His enemies, who have carefully orchestrated this ‘shamdemic’, to dominate mankind. In this sense, the oppressive restrictions are just as God is infinitely just and loves His children dearly.  He orders everything for the greatest possible good. Our enemies and the challenges they cause us serve as a chastisement for our sinfulness. ‘He that spareth the rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth his son corrected him betimes’. (Proverbs 13:24). The draconian measures being imposed on people are a just punishment for our drifting away from God and the Faith.  God permits that the enemies of Christ become our masters as a consequence of refusing to acknowledge Christ as our King and Master.  As Christ has told us, no one can serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). The longer we refuse to acknowledge Christ as Our King and serve Him willingly the longer these enemies of Christ will dominate over us and our nations until chaos and disorder reign supreme.  We are seeing this in the current COVID hysteria. 

The COVID restrictions are a just punishment for the abuse of the gifts God has given us. Now, that some of the freedoms we have, such as freedom to travel, freedom to see our loved ones, freedom to attend Mass, are taken away from us, there is a small but vocal pushback that demands the restoration of these freedoms. But what will the majority of us do if these freedoms are restored? Will we travel to abortion clinics to murder innocent babies? Will we travel to shows or concerts that promote indecency or ridicule God? Will we spread scandal and commit detraction while socialising? Will we continue to abandon our loved ones to care homes where they are drugged up and treated like nuisances? And finally, but most importantly, will we continue to attend religious services that are deeply offensive to God, i.e. any non-Catholic services and the Novus Ordo?[2] Amongst the calls for ‘freedom’, there are also calls for ‘freedom of speech’ from many COVID protestors. If this means demanding freedom for the truth to be known and expressed then this is great but ‘freedom of speech’ as a principle in and of itself is one that no Catholic can support as Catholics should really pray: ‘Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: and a door round my lips; incline not my heart to evil words’ (Psalms 140:3-4). Catholics should encourage the publication of truth but we must also demand that the government create laws that suppress error, especially in relation to religious error.  If protestors achieve their demands for ‘freedom of speech’ what then will we do with this supposed ‘freedom of speech’? Will we blaspheme God and His mother? Will we calumniate our neighbour? Will we let our tongue, (‘a fire, a world of iniquity’ – James 3:6) roam where it will? The gifts that God has given us come with responsibility.  This is the responsibility to use our faculties as He wills us to use them, i.e. for His glory and honour. Are we willing to accept this responsibility? Are we willing to support laws, such as laws against blasphemy, that support this responsibility? If not, then why would God take away the chains that are currently being imposed on nations? The scourging we are currently undergoing will cease when we learn the necessary lessons and only God in His infinite wisdom knows when this will be.

Aristotle, with his natural wisdom, said, ‘The least deviation from truth will be multiplied a thousandfold later.’ Christ, with His Divine Wisdom, said, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’ (John 8:32) and, ‘I am the way, the truth, the life.’ (John 14:6). We have been deviating from the Truth/Christ in Europe for hundreds of years with the most significant deviations happening at the ‘Reformation’, the French Revolution, and Vatican II.  The more we deviate from the truth in our own lives the less free we will be. The same applies to society. Hence, the current disorder we see around us.  It is not that complex really. God designed us to know, honour, and love Him. We must serve Him if we are to be free. Liberty is a consequence of and a reward for noble efforts to serve God. The freedom we innately desire is not going to be achieved through incessant demands for more liberty.  Rather, it is to be won by service. Liberty is to be achieved by crying for the ‘spirit of captivity’ which Fr Faber (‘Growth in Holiness’) highlights as the first method to combat the disordered human spirit that demands liberty at any cost:

The first [weapon to combat the human spirit] must be what ascetical writers often call the spirit of captivity. Grace is the opposite of nature; nature everywhere cries liberty, grace cries captivity; and without a resolute good will to take ourselves captive, we shall never beat down the human spirit. The spirit of captivity consists…sometimes in submission to a written rule, parcelling out our daily actions so far as our state of life will allow, sometimes in subjection to our director, even against our own judgment, and without feints or wiles, sometimes in conformity to the law of Providence, especially where it thwarts and mortifies our natural liveliness and inclinations, and sometimes also in submission to that attraction of the Holy Spirit which is to many of us like a special revelation. There is also a captivity to frequently recurring, though not daily or obligatory, practices of devotion, a captivity to interior recollection with all its difficulties, trials, and repressions of natural activity; and all mortification is itself but a shape of captivity.’ Finally, Fr Faber points out that ‘liberty of spirit consists in exemption from cares, from remorse, from attachments; and captivity is the only road to this royal liberty.’ (my emphasis). This is true liberty. It requires hard work and constant vigilance while we traverse through this valley of tears but the aids to keep strong in this journey are many and the ultimate reward of eternal peace and happiness is more than worth the fight.  C. S. Lewis in his book, ‘Screwtape Letters’ gave an excellent description of this battle that is going on for our souls between the devil and his minions and Christ, putting the following words in the mouth of a demon:

One must face the fact that all the talk about His love for men, and His service being perfect freedom, is not (as one would gladly believe) mere propaganda, but an appalling truth.  He really does want to fill the universe with a lot of loathsome little replicas of Himself – creatures whose life, on its miniature scale, will be qualitatively like His own, not because He has absorbed them but because their wills freely conform to His.  We want cattle who can finally become food; He wants servants who can finally become sons.  We want to suck in, He wants to give out.  We are empty and would be filled; He is full and flows over.  Our war aim is a world in which Our Father Below has drawn all other beings into himself: the Enemy wants a world full of beings united to Him but still distinct.’

It is our choice who we will serve. God respects our free will. We must make this choice. There are servants of the devil offering false freedom and there is Christ and His Church offering true liberty. Both attempt to captivate us.  One ensnares us and robs us of our individuality and liberty while the Other removes our chains, makes us the person we were born to be, and sets us free.  So, let us offer ourselves to Him who wills our happiness more than we do ourselves. When we and our nations become captive once again to Our Lord and Our Lady only then will we be really free.  This is the one and only solution to the disorder and madness within and around us. May God give you the grace to see this.


EndNotes:

[1] In YouTube talks about the COVID situation presenters speak about the ‘global elite’, ‘mega rich oligarchs’, ‘globalists’, ‘elitists’ or  as Dave Cullen (a YouTuber speaking out against the restrictions) describes them: ‘nefarious, unaccountable international entities that no one elected who thirst for totalitarian control’. These are all essentially the enemies of Christ. There is a vast web of them around the world with control residing in the hands of those who detest Catholic nations and the Catholic Faith due to it being the One True Faith. For more information on the enemies of Christ please see this piece written in 1890. This Catholic periodical, La Civilta Cattolica, is a Jesuit publication and stretches back to 1850. Unfortunately, today, the Jesuits in the conciliar church are primarily enemies of Christ but one hundred and thirty years ago they were strong defenders of the Faith/Truth and were pointing out who the real enemies of Christ and Catholic nations are. For comparison, see this wretched article by a Jesuit on the COVID situation from 2020 which supports the New World Order. It is also worth checking out E Michael Jones’ piece on COVID-19 and its enforcement in Argentina here.

[2] I have already mentioned the problems with the ‘New Mass’ here (especially in the discussion section) but for more information on the Novus Ordo see here.

Pushing ‘Freedom’ on the World: A Scientific Investigation into the Fruits of Liberalism

Speaking proud words of vanity, they allure by the desires of fleshly riotousness, those who for a little while escape, such as converse in error: Promising them liberty, whereas they themselves are the slaves of corruption.’ (2 Peter 2:18-19)

                      There are groups of people, usually identified with the term, globalist or elitist, who wish to force their own false ideas on the world’s populations. These people usually consist of people who have their own ideas about what will bring the citizens of the world happiness and freedom.  Amongst these people consist many academics who believe they are leading the way in enlightening the masses about progress and human freedom.  They have certain ideas about how the world should look, and they are determined to influence decision makers, so the world begins to look the way they want it to.  Often, they will use the name of ‘science’ to justify their claims.  One of the ways of the best ways of pushing one’s ideas is through the use of elaborate and complex sociological, psychological, and political theories that few study, and even fewer understand.  One example of this comes from research funded by the CATO Institute, a thinktank which has a major influence on academic research and public opinion, particularly in the USA.  The following blog outlines its attempt to push its own brand of ‘freedom’ on nations around the world.

Introduction:

                  In 2012, the CATO Institute helped to develop a method of measuring supposed personal freedom across 152 countries, calling this the ‘personal freedom index’. It was developed through analysis of various countries by researchers rather than through the completion of questionnaires by citizens in these countries. This ‘personal freedom index’ lists countries that have the least restrictions on such things as ‘religious freedom’, ‘freedom of speech’ and ‘sexual freedom’. (Footnote 1).  Its researchers then compiled a list of these 152 countries, numbering them from highest to lowest in order of ‘personal freedom’.  The theory of the researchers is that the type of ‘freedoms’ they propose are crucial for recognising the true dignity of human beings. According to their theory, these ‘freedoms’ should lead to individuals feeling more free, as restrictions such as restrictions on religious practice and sexual acts and other ‘coercive’ laws such as censorship that impact on ‘personal freedom’ are removed.  It is their theory that the most peaceful and happy society is one where people have the ‘right to choose to do, say, or think anything they want, provided that it does not infringe on the rights of others to do likewise.’ (1). The theory goes that less restrictions on the types of freedoms mentioned above should have an impact on people’s perception of their freedom.  As one’s sense of freedom is strongly correlated with one’s life satisfaction, it should also lead to happier societies.  

Method:

                      The best way to assess if the removal of certain types of so called restrictions within a country leads to a sense of more personal freedom is to look at what the data says on the subject. To do so, we would need to examine countries that were included in the ‘personal freedom index’. We then need to find data from samples within these countries that answered questions on perceived personal freedom as well. Thankfully, we have this data available.  From 2010 to 2014, global research was conducted that collected data from individuals from 64 countries across the globe. This was known as the World Value Survey (WVS) (see: https://www.worldvaluessurvey.org/wvs.jsp). It represents one of the largest efforts to collect and examine data on various psychological, sociological, and political positions, views, and opinions held globally. This data was collected around the same time as the ‘personal freedom index’ for various countries was being developed by the CATO funded researchers. One of the questions asked to individuals is the following:

‘Some people feel they have completely free choice and control over their lives, while other people feel that what they do has no real effect on what happens to them. Please use this scale where 1 means ‘no choice at all’ and 10 means ‘a great deal of choice’ to indicate how much freedom of choice and control you feel you have over the way your life turns out’

‘No choice at all’ – 1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10 – ‘A great deal of choice’

It is theorised by liberal researchers that if restrictions on ‘personal freedom’ were removed, people would feel that they had greater freedom of choice and control in their lives.

From the 64 countries in the World Value Survey who answered the question above, 54 of these countries also have a personal freedom index score.  Let us examine the results.

Results:

A simple correlational analysis was conducted to identify if there was any relationship between scores on the personal freedom index and the average score for one’s sense of freedom.  This produced a correlation of .19.  Statisticians advise that a correlation must be at least .3 to indicate a weak relationship between two sets of data (2). A correlation of .19 indicates that there is no relationship between these two sets of data, i.e. the data suggests that the personal freedom index of countries does not significantly affect the sense of freedom of individuals within these countries.

If one inspects the data, one notices major discrepancies between countries which are supposedly ‘free’ (based on CATO’s understanding of this), i.e. the personal freedom index, and countries where its citizens score highly on the World Value survey freedom question, i.e. the average freedom score. The two tables are outlined below for one’s own analysis:

Position:Country:Average freedom score (WVS): Position:Country:Personal Freedom Index:
1Mexico8.44 1Sweden9.53
2Trinidad and Tobago8.17 2Germany9.34
3Colombia8.16 2Netherlands9.34
4Kuwait7.96 4Ireland9.28
5Romania7.88 5Australia9.23
6Slovenia7.88 6Hong Kong9.09
7Ecuador7.86 7Slovenia9.03
8New Zealand7.8 8Poland9.02
9United States7.73 9New Zealand8.97
10Uruguay7.73 10Estonia8.85
11Australia7.69 11Chile8.81
12Brazil7.69 12Taiwan8.73
13Sweden7.62 13United States8.71
14Cyprus7.54 14South Korea8.61
15Thailand7.53 15Uruguay8.6
16Malaysia7.5 16Spain8.57
17Taiwan7.48 17Cyprus8.46
18Peru7.45 18Romania8.39
19Philippines7.42 19Argentina8.26
20Kyrgyzstan7.38 20Peru7.63
21Argentina7.36 21Ukraine7.6
22Turkey7.35 22Ghana7.57
23Pakistan7.34 23India7.36
24Ghana7.29 24Georgia7.28
25Jordan7.27 24Ecuador7.28
26Azerbaijan7.23 26South Africa7.24
27Ireland7.22 27Armenia7.17
28Nigeria7.22 28Turkey7.16
29Chile7.18 29Singapore7.05
30China7.13 30Brazil7.02
31South Africa7.12 31Thailand6.84
32Kazakhstan7.03 32Trinidad & Tobago6.75
33Lebanon6.97 32Philippines6.75
34Spain6.95 34Mexico6.31
35Netherlands6.9 35Lebanon6.25
36Bahrain6.88 36Kazakhstan6.14
37Hong Kong6.87 37Kyrgyzstan6.12
38Rwanda6.85 38Russia6.06
39Germany6.8 39Tunisia5.93
40Singapore6.77 40Kuwait5.91
41Poland6.67 41Morocco5.9
42Algeria6.66 42Jordan5.89
43Tunisia6.64 43Colombia5.87
44South Korea6.57 44Malaysia5.86
45Ukraine6.56 44Bahrain5.86
46Armenia6.52 46Azerbaijan5.79
47Zimbabwe6.43 47Rwanda5.37
48Yemen6.4 48China5.33
49Egypt6.36 49Algeria5.15
50Estonia6.35 50Egypt4.75
51Georgia6.24 51Nigeria4.69
52Morocco6.18 52Zimbabwe4.59
53Russia5.95 53Pakistan4.56
54India5.41 54Yemen3.23

There are some countries that maintain similar positions on the personal freedom index and the average freedom score, i.e. USA, New Zealand, Egypt, but the charts are mainly distinguished by the large differences between country’s scores on the personal freedom index and the average freedom score.  For example, Germany scores 2nd on the personal freedom index and 39th on the average freedom score, Netherlands 2nd and 36th, Estonia 10th and 50th, Mexico 34th and 1st, Hong Kong 37th and 6th, Kuwait 40th and 4th, Poland 41st and 8th, and Colombia 43rd and 3rd.  Together with the non-significant correlation this indicates that a country’s rating on the personal freedom index has no impact on the sense of freedom of its citizens.  In some instances, it appears that there is a negative relationship between a country’s scores on the personal freedom index and the sense of freedom of that country’s citizens, e.g. Netherlands and Germany.  

Discussion:

                         The results indicate that increased ‘personal freedom’ as defined and advocated by the CATO Institute does not lead to an increased sense of freedom amongst individuals.  Even in countries where this ‘personal freedom’ is almost fully implemented, e.g. Germany and the Netherlands, its citizens still have a strong sense that they are not free.  Germany and the Netherlands may be seen by many as some of the most free and progressive countries in the world, yet its citizens rate themselves as less free than those in Communist China.  Now, it is not easy to identify what exactly is causing the average rates of freedom amongst the citizens of countries and there appears to be no obvious identifiable pattern (see footnote 2). However, the evidence does show that it is clearly not the ‘freedom’ that is advocated for by the CATO Institute that is affecting people’s sense of freedom. If the implementation of liberal ideology is meant to make citizens free and happy it certainly is not doing so.  If it is designed to frustrate people in their search for freedom, leave them exposed to error through freedom of speech and ‘religious freedom’, and lead them into immorality through ‘sexual freedom’, the empirical evidence suggests that this is what it does (See footnote 3).  Often those who espouse liberalism cite science and scientific evidence as a way of justifying their claims.  They claim that their ideas will benefit and give freedom to all mankind. Yet, when one looks at the effects of the implementation of these ideas, the actual evidence tells us otherwise.

Conclusion and reflection:

                       For those with a scientific mind who like to apply reason, logic and evidence when trying to assess whether certain theories actually work the above study hopefully provides an insight into the effects of liberalism on countries. It shows that liberalism does not work for the good of citizens, despite the clamour from the globalists and elitists that it is the way forward. (See footnote 4). Liberalism appears to be driven by a frustration with the psychological chains one feels around oneself.  Liberals tend to put the blame firmly on external circumstances or institutions for restricting their ‘freedom’. Liberals with some intellectual ability tend to wrap their theories up in pseudoscientific language to try and justify their claims. Instead of promoting true freedom which all citizens would benefit from, they promote licence, which only corrupts individuals. Instead of examining their own conscience and identifying where they are going wrong, they tend to point out where society is going wrong. They tend to promote their own ideas and behaviours as normal thus keeping themselves locked in chains and encouraging others to join them in these chains (See footnote 5).

So, the author will leave the reader to reflect on these results.  If the reader has followed what has been laid out and has agreed with the conclusions set forth then the reader may realise that the ‘freedom’ promoted by many today does not actually lead to freedom.  Once the illusion of liberalism as the way to freedom becomes apparent, one can become cynical or disillusioned and abandon the search for freedom or one can instead continue to search for freedom and better understandings of what it actually is. The references in footnote 5 give an indication of where to start this search and many other blogs on this website have already pointed toward the answers.  A deep and solid sense of freedom and peace is possible, but the scientific data, as outlined above, shows that it is not the illusionary ‘freedom’ offered by the world.

All the sovereignty and freedom of the world compared with the freedom and sovereignty of the Spirit of God is utter slavery, anguish, and captivity.’ – Ida Friederike Coudenhove, The Burden of Belief’  

God bless you in your search for it,

Footnote 1: The researchers who developed the concept of ‘personal freedom index’ have erroneous understandings of ‘freedom’ basing their understandings on the philosophical errors of Hobbes and Plato. More recently, the CATO Institute has expanded its concept of ‘freedom’ to include ‘transgender freedom’. The author has put ‘personal freedom’ in quotation marks to note this. Footnote 5 explains the true understanding of ‘freedom’ in more detail and offers references for further information.

Footnote 2: The question about ‘freedom of choice and control over the way your life turns out’ in the World Value Survey does not capture all that it means to be free. It also refers to one’s sense of control as well as freedom. This may explain why no obvious pattern can be identified across countries. While it is not a perfect measurement of freedom it does give some sense of how free people feel and thus it is useful for the purposes of this study.  

Footnote 3: Germany and Netherlands are examples of societies that have become morally corrupt.  They were some of the first countries to accept immoral practices, e.g. abortion, prostitution, homosexuality, that inevitably follow when one adopts liberal ideologies.  As the seed of liberalism is Protestantism it is not surprising that these countries, who abandoned the Catholic Faith before many other European countries, were some of the first to fall into moral corruption.  Their citizens are far from free or satisfied compared to other countries. They will continue to be frustrated in their clamour for freedom so long as they persist on their illusionary path to ‘freedom’ through liberalism. Their low scores on the question about freedom of choice and control in one’s live may also be explained by the rejection of the truth that man has free will by both Calvin (the Netherlands) and Luther (Germany). It is likely that these false understandings still have a significant effect on the mentality of Dutch and German people today.    

Footnote 4: Life satisfaction is a good citizens wish to have.  One’s sense of freedom and life satisfaction are strongly correlated. This relationship is highlighted in a 2009 paper by Italian economist Paolo Verme, “Happiness, freedom, and control.” (3) Verme finds that: ‘The variable freedom and control is by far the most significant predictor of life satisfaction. It shows the highest coefficient, the highest odds ratio, the highest z-score and one of the lowest standard errors. For a one step increase in the one to ten freedom and control scale, happiness is expected to change about 36 percent of a step on the one to ten happiness scale …’ (4)  As the Personal Freedom Index has statistically no relationship with one’s sense of freedom it is highly likely that it has no relationship with life satisfaction either. Thus, promoting ‘personal freedom’, as outlined by the researchers, is not going to be of benefit for the good of the public.

Footnote 5:  It is noted that political and social changes are needed to promote true liberty amongst citizens. This true liberty is far from the ‘personal freedom’/licence promoted by the CATO researchers. Yet, a sense of freedom or a ‘spirit of liberty’ will only be partly achieved through the removal of external obstacles. It will be mainly achieved through the removal of our internal obstacles, e.g. envy, greed, pride, lust, etc., that block us from being truly free and peaceful. As outlined by Thomas A. Kempis in ‘The Imitation of Christ’: ‘Strive diligently for perfect interior freedom and self-mastery in every place, in every action and occupation, so that you be not the slave of anything, but that all things be under your control. You must be lord and ruler over your actions, never a bondsman or a mercenary. You must be a free person – similar to a righteous Hebrew – one who is transferred to the rank and the liberty of the children of God. Children of God stand above present things; they contemplate those that are eternal.’ It all comes back to the truth essentially and living a true life, as this is the only way that you can be free. A liberal mindset is not the solution in the personal sphere nor are liberal projects the solutions in the public sphere. This mindset and these projects promote and encourage the choice of evil and liberals celebrate this as if the choice of evil is liberating. As Archbishop Lefebvre, paraphrasing St Thomas Aquinas, said in his classic book, ‘Against the Heresies’: ‘To be able to choose evil is a defect, and can only be a defect: one chooses, essentially, one’s own destruction; one commits suicide. To seek what is sin is to seek one’s own imperfection, that is, non-being…It is necessary to fix firmly in mind the idea that the power to do evil is a defect of human liberty, a flaw of freedom.’ Or as Pope Leo XIII said, ‘Liberty is a power perfecting man, and hence should have truth and goodness for its object.’ And ‘True liberty of human society does not consist in every man doing what he pleases, for his would simply end in turmoil and confusion, and bring on the overthrow of the State; but rather in this, that through the injunctions of the civil law all may more easily conform to the prescriptions of the eternal law.’  For an outline of the errors of liberalism and what external efforts, i.e. religious, social and political laws and practices, are needed to protect and promote true liberty, one can read the encyclicals explaining and condemning liberalism, Mirari Vos by Pope Gregory XVI, Quanta Cura by Pope Blessed Pius IX, Humanum Genus by Pope Leo XIII, or within the various encyclicals by Pope St. Pius X or read the encyclical ‘Libertas – On The Nature of Human Liberty’ explaining what liberty really is by Leo XIII. Or for an overview of these encyclicals one can read ‘Against the Heresies: Comments on the Papal Encyclicals condemning Modern Errors infecting the Church and Society’ by Archbishop Lefebvre.

References:

1.) From: Vasquez, I. & Porcnik, T. (2015) Introduction to ‘The Human Freedom Index’.

2.) https://www.dummies.com/education/math/statistics/how-to-interpret-a-correlation-coefficient-r/ [Accessed 27/08/20]

3.) Verne, P. (2009)‘Happiness, Freedom and Control’, Econpubblica Centre for Research on the Public Sector, Working Paper, 141.  Available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1499652[Accessed 20/08/19]

4.) Wilkinson, W. (2011) ‘Happiness, Freedom and Autonomy’ Available at:https://www.forbes.com/sites/willwilkinson/2011/03/23/happiness-and-freedom/#5ceeac83fe5f[Accessed 21/08/19]

‘Just Be Yourself’


‘It is impossible for all men to be moulded according to the same pattern. Every individual’s personality must be preserved.  This world would be a dull place if it were otherwise.’ (Fr Aegidius Doolan, ‘Philosophy for the Layman’)

While feeling nervous before an important interview or an initial date with someone we really liked, many a wise mother has advised us to ‘just be yourself’.  Feeling ‘at ease in your skin’ and being ‘comfortable in your own shoes’ are a joy to experience.  All of us have tasted that experience where things just click, and the sailing is smooth. It is a pleasure interacting with people who are natural and at ease with themselves.  It puts you and others at ease. Numerous ‘self-help’ books try to sell you the key to this ‘flow’ or smoothness in your life.  They offer guides to finding your ‘true self’ or promise to help you to find your true calling.  They all appeal to the inner restlessness in us that is still trying to figure out exactly who we are and what is our true calling.  Inner restlessness is a major sign of our times and the self-help writers and book publishers are only too happy to keep offering the next new ‘solution’ for this profitable and ever-increasing market that is driven by anxiety.  The more self-help books are published, the more restlessness there is in the world.  We all want to ‘just be ourselves’.  However, we do not need to pack our shelves full of self-help books to do so.  We just need to get back to basics and figure out the truth of one fundamental question.

The solution to ‘just being yourself’ involves the exploration of the question, ‘What Am I?’ as you can not know how to be unless you know what you are. This is where a deep and accurate understanding of psychology can help.

What a man ought to do…will depend on what he has the power to do, which is the question for psychology… ‘When do we come?’ ‘Whither do we go? ‘In what shall consist our fulfilment?’ ‘At what must we aim for happiness?’…All these questions are contained in the master-question, ‘What am I?’  (‘Philosophy for the Layman’)

Exploring and answering this question is vital in one’s search for freedom and happiness.  This is not an easy task by oneself, yet it is the essential starting point.  We need time and space to explore this question and guidance in seeking the answers.  Once we have assented to the answers, we can then cultivate our personality based on this understanding and ‘be ourselves’.  While most Irish mothers don’t need a long university education to realise the truth in this advice, they also happen be in line with Professor of Philosophy Charles A. Dubray who, in his classic book, ‘Introductory Philosophy’, also encourages us in this endeavour:

‘To be a person is to emerge above the universal determinism of matter, to conquer and not be conquered, to possess oneself…To be oneself is to be one’s own master.  Hence let your primary and chief endeavour be to develop in you good habits, good dispositions, and a good character.  Always strive after what is worth your best effort. Ascertain the direction to be taken, and, when you know that your efforts are directed toward right and noble ideals, be strong, constant, and invincible.  In all things and actions, be a personality, be yourself.

The message really is that simple – direct your life in accordance with what is noble, good and true and ‘be yourself’.  A life in accordance with truth ennobles and cultivates your unique personality.  It is a life directed to overcoming those internal and external forces that encourage a hiding of your individuality and the goodness within you. ‘Conquering’ rather than being ‘conquered’ brings your true personality and individuality forth.  A person living the truth and cultivating their personality is to be celebrated and encouraged.  Attaching yourself and your mind to a transient belief system, like hedonism, materialism, rationalism, or to the latest trendy philosophical fad, only allows forces to mould you into what they want you to be. This is not freedom.

Knowing, attaching yourself to, and loving the truth frees you so you can be your true self.

Personality is the perfected form of the person; it is man’s destiny in its individual uniqueness. It is individuality in all its depth, breadth and totality.  Every person has the task of perfecting and completing his own essence.  It would be quite wrong to say that it is a matter of indifference whether or not someone does achieve this completion and perfection of his individuality.  The achievement of his task…not only involves his happiness on earth; it is also upon this achievement that depends his capability to live up to the tasks God has given him to fulfil.’ (Dr. Willibald Demal, ‘Pastoral Psychology in Practice’)

You know, even if you register it only slightly, that you want to be more free. We all have had moments of regret in our lives where we stayed quiet and hid rather than allow the goodness and truth in us to shine forth. Do not let the cynicism of the world and the forces working against you stop your attempts to break free.  Strive for the good and the true.  Endeavour to cultivate and express your individuality. As the Irish singer/songwriter, Luka Bloom, sings, ‘Don’t be afraid of the light that shines within you’.

This advice ‘just be yourself’ is an easy one to make and it sits comfortably with our common sense understanding about life.  Figuring out what is good and true is the first step on this path. Exploring and answering the question, ‘what am I?’ is a vital step as well. Figuring out the answers here lays the foundations for freeing yourself. This can take time and support to do so, especially in the world in which we find ourselves today that offers so many flawed answers to these vital questions. If you are looking for an answer to these vital questions, blogs on this website Truth may help. I hope that they can help you in figuring out who you are meant to be and that you can then finally ‘just be yourself’.