Chasing Daylight – how my forthcoming death transformed my life P. 89
The cardinal told me that earlier in his career, he’d spent many years in Rome, becoming educated not just in the ways of Roman Catholicism, but also the Italian mindset.
And, much as he loved being Irish and so many things Irish, he’d come to appreciate a fundamental difference in perspective between what he saw as the Italian viewpoint and the Irish viewpoint. The typical Italian, he said, never went back over a decision he’d made; he felt as if that decision was the best one he could possibly have made given the information he possessed at the time, that while the choice he’d made might not have worked out as he’d hoped, it was the best decision at the time. ‘The only decision to focus on is the one you are still able to make.’”