Conscience. We have a responsibility to educate ourselves to form our conscience.
How differently we can treat each other and ourselves. What characterizes our behavior? By what do people know each of us?
Jesus tells us: ” But let your speech be “yes – yes,” “no-no.” What is more, it comes from the Evil One” (Mt. 5:37). And elsewhere, we hear “the kingdom of God will come unnoticed” (Lk 17:20). Jesus wants to fulfill his mission to the letter, reading everything as it was in God’s plan from the beginning. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt. 5:48). If this is the meaning of the Law, whoever wants to be in fellowship with God is obligated to keep God’s laws and God’s way of thinking, this is what the Ten Commandments lead to. Which of God’s commandments can be the least? Many people would like to adapt God’s law to their capabilities. The law and the commandments do not want to enslave man. On the contrary, the man who realizes what God wants by prohibitions commands faithfully keeps them. He sees in them the God who is Love. The greater the knowledge of Love, the more resolute the attitude against sin and the more determined the attitude toward Love. An erring conscience obliges. (St. TA II/II q.19 a.5.
Paying attention to the education of a person’s conscience is necessary. It is not enough that a person learns the commandments; he must confront his actions with the commands. If a person understands well the meaning of individual orders and the meaning of their whole, then he reaches the ideal of life. It can happen that under the influence of the environment, life circumstances, and other circumstances, a person loses a clear view of some commandment, and this is where the mission of the Church is to guide him so that he does not remain in error. The Church is the authority in the field of faith and morals. Jesus gave power to Peter and promised the Holy Spirit. Therefore, only the Church has the right and duty to explain the commandments of faith and morals. He cannot leave it to personal opinion or a group or leader’s opinion. Morals begin where words end. History and today are proof of false ideologies and false leaders. Jesus clearly says, “Many false prophets will arise and will deceive many” (Mt 24:11). It is recommended to stop occasionally and reconsider or check your conscience seriously. This is how we talk about the evening examination of conscience, which is recommended as hygiene of the soul; when hygiene of the body is equal, we pay attention. A short examination of conscience is at the beginning of every Holy Mass. It is appropriate because the Mass is the most holy sacrifice, and we should prepare for it accordingly. The Church order speaks of an annual confession. Even if we receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation more often, preparation is essential. According to specific mirrors, there are also manuals or prayer books; according to age condition, we should check our implementation of God’s and the Church’s commands in our life. Leave nothing to chance. It’s time to look at our conscience. It’s time to learn to apologize for our transgressions and pray. It’s time for you to use today’s Holy Mass to ask for the necessary graces.
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