Today, in the United States, we celebrate our independence from Britain. The whole basis for the Revolutionary War was for a desire to be a free and independent nation in the New World. As Americans, we wanted to chart our own course. We wanted the freedom to make our own decisions; our own mistakes. Yet, what we really wanted was authentic freedom, which is different from a freedom that allows us to do whatever we want.Gaudium et spes defines authentic freedom as follows:Only in freedom can man direct himself toward goodness. Our contemporaries make much of this freedom and pursue it

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