To Choose In Accord With Conscience
Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either a right
judgment in accordance with reason and the divine law or, on the
contrary, an erroneous judgment that departs from them.
Man is sometimes confronted by situations that make moral
judgments lass assured and decision difficult. But he must always
seriously seek what is right and good and discern the will of God
expressed in divine law.
To this purpose, man strives to interpret the data of experience
and the signs of the times assisted by the virtue of prudence, by the
advice of competent people, and by the help of the Holy Sprit and
Some rules apply in every case:
-- One may never do evil so that good may result from it;
-- the Golden Rule: "Whatever you wish that men would
do to you, do so to them."
-- charity always proceeds by way of respect for one's
neighbor and his conscience: "Thus sinning against
your brethren and wounding their conscience...you sin
against Christ." Therefore "it is right not to ... do anything
that makes your brother stumble."
-- Catechism of the Catholic Church
"But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works
may be clearly seen as done in God." (John 3: 21)
This is the fourth part of a series during Lent on conscience, taken from
the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Next week: "Erroneous Judgment."