Tag Archives: conscience

Are you conscientious?

While the idea of conscience has always been important in the Church, it is certainly much more emphasised in recent times. I would date this from Vatican II when its importance was clearly described. But of course it has always … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit and you

Relying on the Holy Spirit is a dangerous game. That may sound an odd remark given that Jesus assures us that the Spirit will bring the Church and its members to the truth. But, while the action of the Spirit … Continue reading

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The best of intentions

How often do you examine your conscience? I was taught to do so every day as a constituent of my night prayers. So there I was in the dormitory at school thinking of all my sins. And there was good … Continue reading

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Obedience? Forget it.

We have, from time to time, reviewed the question of conscience, but I wonder whether we have fully taken in a momentous change ushered in by Vatican II. We are all aware of the words of Gaudium et Spes: “Conscience … Continue reading

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Beware of the elephant

For 45 years the Catholic Church has had an elephant in the room. When it was young it trumpeted a good deal but, after a while, we decided to let it be, hoping that it would go away. But it … Continue reading

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The right to be wrong

Let’s go back this week to pre-history – that is, the 1950s, before Vatican II. At that time, I was a junior member of a large, international, financial company, and I had been asked to say grace at a company … Continue reading

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