We all have an innate desire for freedom on every level of life. When we come to really know and believe the self-evident truth that each one of us is intended to live freely in body, mind and spirit, everything changes.
I met God in the Catholic Church and spent most of my childhood trying to get God to love me. I loved God from afar, like you might love a teacher or your best friend's older brother. I watched God carefully.
In our post-religious, commitment-optional society, in which "do whatever works for you" is often cited as the cardinal virtue, why would anyone commit to a prescribed set of rules -- especially rules that date back to the Middle Ages?
So, what if Jesus were a commencement speaker today? Perhaps it would go something like this: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbor as yourself.
Many of us perhaps need to have our notion of God deepened and expanded. We must be ready to learn from one another, not claiming that we alone possess all truth and that somehow we have a corner on God.
"God ruined Florida," explains Arthur Pheswin, the attorney retained by the state of Florida to bring suit against the Almighty. "Thanks to Him, lives were lost, industries destroyed and the state nearly went bankrupt. It's time He be held accountable."