Here are some vital points about conscience that are not adequately taught today. Many people do not want to know them.
- Your conscience is nothing but your reason sitting in judgment on your actions, approving or condemning them.
- But how does your reason judge your acts? It has to use standards. It has to use the moral law.
- Your reason does not invent moral laws. It recognizes them. These standards are not based on what we wish were the case but on reality.
- Our standard for judging our actions is the moral law, known by reason, revealed by God, and taught by the Church.
The coming Sunday’s readings for Mass are tremendous, including the Parable of the Prodigal Son. For a revised and updated outline for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, click here. The ideas explored are:
- Central Idea: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
- Doctrine: Perfect and imperfect contrition.
- Practical Application: Examination of conscience.