Freedom according to the CCC

 “God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. God willed that man should beleft in the hand of his own counsel, so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him(Gaudium et Spes 17; Sirach 15:14).Man is rational and therefore like God; he is created with free will and is master over his acts(St Irenaeus, Adv. haeres. 4,4,3)” (CCC 1730).

“Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one's own responsibility. By free will one shapes 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” (CCC 1731).

Man's dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint. Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end (GS 17)” (CCC 2339)