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Apr 4, 2019

Do I Have a Good Conscience?

Fr. Mike Schmitz

Jiminy Cricket said “Always let your conscience be your guide,” but how do I know if I have a good conscience?

A good conscience more often is concerned with our responsibilities than with our rights. It is more preoccupied with what God wants than with what I want.

Fr. Mike tells us, “Stop thinking like the world and start thinking like God.” The world will have us think that we are the final judge on what is right and wrong, but as Catholics we know that God is the final judge, and our consciences need to be formed—in fact, transformed—to abide by and abide in his will.

“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).

Interesting tidbit: As you may know, “Jiminy Cricket” is a minced oath for “Jesus Christ”; but did you know that Blessed John Henry Newman considered the conscience to be the “aboriginal vicar of Christ”?

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  • Hi Father Schmitz, can you help me letting me know what is your opinion about giving the tenth to the church, as Protestants do

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