Volume 1, Part 6

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John Paul II taught, "The direct duty to work for a just ordering of society is proper to the lay faithful (Deus Caritas Est). " This duty is more critical than ever in our political environment where the dignity of the human person is threatened and the sacredness of human life, marriage, and family are challenged.

The Church equips its members to address these threats and challenges by helping each of us to develop a well-formed conscience. We have a serious and lifelong obligation to form our consciences in accord with good human reasoning, the Gospel, and the teachings of the Church. We who are called Children of God have an obligation to conform our consciences to the Truth!

What is conscience? Conscience is not a thought, or an attitude, or a feeling that allows us to justify whatever we want – especially with regard to what we should or should not do. Rather, conscience is the Voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth and calling us to do what is good while shunning what is evil. Conscience always requires serious attempts to make sound moral judgments based on the truths of our faith. "In all he says and does, Man is obliged to follow faithfully what he knows to be just and right (CCC 1778)."

The formation of conscience begins with a desire to embrace goodness and truth. This desire is the driving force – the motivation – impelling us on to study Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church as contained in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Deacon Joseph B. Gorini, Mechanicsburg PA <///><  [First Published October 3, 2010]

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