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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


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

Conscience must be an activity of our whole person—a knowing of the heart as well as of the mind.


Conscience

  • “…For we have in our hearts a law inscribed by God. Our dignity lies in observing this law, and by it we will be judged. Our conscience is our most secret core, and our sanctuary. There we are alone with God whose voice echoes in our depths. By conscience, in a wonderful way, that law is made known which is fulfilled in the love of God and of one’s neighbor.”


The Splendor of Truth


The Splendor of Truth

For JPII following your conscience means doing what Jesus would want us to do.


The Splendor of Truth

Conscience more often requires self-denial than self-indulgence and looking out for the good of others more than for oneself.


The Splendor of Truth

Conscience can never be divorced from Jesus, who is truth


The Splendor of Truth

The teachings of the magisterium hold a privileged place as a source of moral guidance.


Conscience and Moral Maturity

  • Pre-Conventional Level: fear of punishment; promise of reward

  • Conventional Level: Adhering to the conventions of society

  • Post-Conventional Level: Self-chosen ethical principles


In Conclusion

Look to Jesus as a source of truth

Strive for truth


In Conclusion

Recognize that what is right and good may not be what we want

Investigate personal motives, pressures, and past patterns of behavior


In Conclusion

Take seriously Church teaching

Listen to past wisdom


In Conclusion

Be sensitive to others

Look critically at the messages of the culture


In Conclusion

Take positive steps rather than settling for indifference

Remain open to the possibility that we may be mistaken in lour moral judgments


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