"For freedom Christ set us free. So stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery."
Catechism of the Church 1730-1742 tells us that:
God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. By free will one shape's one' s own life.
Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains its perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.
The more one does what is good, the freer one becomes.
The exercise of freedom does not imply the right to say or do everything; it is false to maintain that man is an individual who is fully self-sufficient and whose finality is the satisfaction of his own interest in the enjoyment of earthly goods.
Christ by his glorious cross has won salvation for all men; he redeemed them from the sin that held them bondage.
The more docile we are to the promptings of grace, the more we grow in inner freedom and confidence...by the working of grace the Holy Spirit educates us in spiritual freedom in order to make us free collaborators in his work in the church and in the world.
Freedom is not just having options and making choices; freedom is about direction, it is about where we are meant to be headed and choosing those things that will get us there.