Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Eye = Conscience
Read Matt 6: 22-23
What do you think the scripture is talking about?
Replace the word "eye" with conscience. Now read the verses.
Ah! We're reading about our consciences. Define "conscience." Try "googling" conscience. Understand that conscience is a judgment of reason. It uses the objective principles of the moral law to judge the morality of acts in specific circumstances. Conscience is not itself the source of the moral law.
What if you can't judge the right or wrong? What if you can't make a decision? What if what you think is against what the Church teaches? What to do!
First, Assume the church is correct. Do you think 2009 years of tradition is wrong? Do you think you are the one person in the world who has the correct answer and everyone else in the Church is wrong? C'mon! Let's be open about it and examine your line of thinking.
Second, learn more about the subject. Read and study. The internet is a plethora of information. Look up a few of the Catholic sites.
Third, need I tell you to pray about it? Be fair. You are open, so ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you. Pray for Divine Guidance.
Fourth, ask. Ask people in the know. Who is more knowledgeable than you? Ask a catechist? Ask a priest? Ask another priest? Try a parish priest and try a priest that belongs to a religious order. Try a religious sister. Hopefully, all this seeking will lead to discussion.
Unbelievably, after all the praying, reading, and asking, there are times that I still am not sure what is right. You know what I do? I still assume the Church is right and I keep on praying and seeking. Finally, one day, the light will dawn. And you know what? I've always come around to the Church's line of thinking.
A well-formed conscience will never contradict the objective moral law, as taught by Christ and his Church. (Catechism, # 1783-5, 1792, 2039)