Over the last few days I’ve listened to lots of stories about choices, persons own choices and those others have made. As a consequence I’ve been struck by the gift that being able to make choices is, being able – to the best of our conscious ability - to make choices that shape a life and life’s trajectories – for good or ill.
“…An act of virtue produces and fosters in the soul mildness, peace, comfort, light, purity, and strength, just as an inordinate appetite brings about torment, fatigue, weariness, blindness, and weakness. Through the practice of one virtue all the virtues grow, and similarly, through an increase of one vice, all the vices and their effects grow…’
—John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, I.10.5 from The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross
via Carl McColman (the rest of his reflection here).