Posts Tagged ‘choice’

Mary: A Pro-life Role Model at Christmas

The word “choice” has achieved a hallowed status in our society. Little thought, however, is given to what a real choice involves. I would like to draw attention to two features that a real choice involves that are perfectly exemplified in Mary, the Mother of God. They are: freedom from coercion and pressure, and acceptance of the consequences that are linked to a specific choice.

Mary accepted her role as Mother of God...

The Carrot of Choice

“Life can only be understood backwards,” wrote the Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard, “but it must be lived forwards.” This maxim incorporates both the pain and the paradox of life. Looking forwards, “choice” can appear both glamorous and enticing; looking backwards, it is often tinged with deep regret. It is often like the runaway carrot that always eludes the pursuing rabbit. It is alluring, but not always fulfilling. Hence, we come to realize the...