Conscience in the Catholic Traditon. Conscience. The Bible’s use of the word for heart is the closest equivalent to the concept of conscience. According to Scripture, we can possess a clean heart or speak from an insincere heart. Our entire being. Conscience.
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Conscience in the Catholic Traditon
The Bible’s use of the word for heart is the closest equivalent to the concept of conscience.
According to Scripture, we can possess a clean heart or speak from an insincere heart.
Our entire being
Conscience must be an activity of our whole person—a knowing of the heart as well as of the mind.
For JPII following your conscience means doing what Jesus would want us to do.
Conscience more often requires self-denial than self-indulgence and looking out for the good of others more than for oneself.
Conscience can never be divorced from Jesus, who is truth
The teachings of the magisterium hold a privileged place as a source of moral guidance.
Look to Jesus as a source of truth
Strive for truth
Recognize that what is right and good may not be what we want
Investigate personal motives, pressures, and past patterns of behavior
Take seriously Church teaching
Listen to past wisdom
Be sensitive to others
Look critically at the messages of the culture
Take positive steps rather than settling for indifference
Remain open to the possibility that we may be mistaken in lour moral judgments