Chapter 4: Guided by Conscience

Faith Concepts:

• Christian morality is how we live our lives as disciples of Jesus.
• We are called to form our consciences with faith and reason.
• Christian morality is rooted in the teachings of the Church.

Sacred Scripture:

Sirach 15:15 (If you choose, you can keep the commandments; loyalty is doing the will of God.);
Romans 6:14-15 (For sin is not to have any power over you, since you are not under the law but under grace)
Romans 6:23 (For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.)

Disciple Power & Vocabulary

Disciple Power: suffering

Faith Vocabulary:
conscience (see 1776-1794 )
Morality – noun (morality is a thing) – a code of conduct, a set of values and principles (fundamentals truths) that define proper conduct. also The Moral Law
Natural Law (Moral Law)1: The natural law expresses the original moral sense which enables man to discern by reason the good and the evil, the truth and the lie (CCC 1954)
sin: see CCC 1954-1960

1Technically, Natural Law is a subset of Moral Law but, for this class, consider they synonyms. see CCC 1952

Holy People:

Catholics Believe & Prayer

Catholics Believe: Universal moral norms
Prayer: Psalm 139:1-7, 24 (Prayer for Guidance)


Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC):
1731-1742: Freedom and Responsibility
1749-1761: What makes an act morally good
1776-1794: “Deep within his conscience man discovers a law which he has not laid upon himself but which he must obey. Its voice, ever calling him to love and to do what is good and to avoid evil, sounds in his heart at the right moment. . . . For man has in his heart a law inscribed by God. . . . His conscience is man’s most secret core and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”
1846-1864: Definition of sin
1954-1960: The Natural Moral Law
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (CCC): pp. 307-321