Word from the Pastor
Jesus had a great message to reveal when He came upon the scene over 2000 years ago. Jesus came with a new vision and mission to promote amongst the People of God. He issued the following statement in scripture, “By their fruits you will know them.” Jesus, the Christ, was most resolute in His assessment for those who would believe in His message and mission and what it meant to how they lived. He wasn’t trying to do away with Judaism. Rather, he was trying with His message and mission to make it complete, fulfilled. The most severe words that came from the mouth of Jesus were not aimed at the pagan Romans, but at religious leaders claiming to follow God. However, their carefully crafted religious practices which positioned them to appear pious. However, Jesus cut through their façade calling them hypocrites, “… whitewashed tombs which are lovely on the exterior but inside through decay and decomposition are full of dead bones. (Matthew 23:27) These religious leaders marketed their religion well but their spiritual lives were in shambles. It would give us great pause to wonder what Jesus would say about our spiritual leaders today across the board! Who are the good ones and who are the rotten ones?
Christianity must be a genuine religion concerning the message and mission of Jesus Christ. It cannot nor should it be a counterfeit association of God and man. We know that counterfeit money only works if it fools the people. Once everyone knows it’s fake, it becomes irrelevant. The same is true with counterfeit Christianity for those who falsely make the claim of being a Christian. Jesus’ did warn us that saying, “Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many…” (Matthew 24:5) You see true Christianity is relevant. It is meaningful, life changing and it gives sensible answers. But anything masquerading as Christianity should not be allowed to gain a stronghold. Already too many have been fooled for hundreds of years. It is only truth, Jesus said, that can make you free. Jesus told the Samaritan woman who was struggling to sort through conflicting religious views for what is the real truth. Are we willing to go against the current tide of secularism on a quest for the truth? Remember there are many relative truths that cannot stand on their own. It really matters for us know those truths that do stand on their own.
If you know God exists and know the Bible is His Word, you should start out by searching what it really is trying to tell us, not what spin is given to God or Scripture to make of it a justification for what humans want to control. To make Christianity relevant in your life approach truth with a humble and sincere heart and then apply a willingness to live it out daily. If not, Christianity will give way to fads, excuses, greed, pleasure, and comfortability.
This is what the Catholic Church teaches about one’s conscience and how it is to be developed.
1795 – “Conscience is man’s most secret core, and his sanctuary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths.”
1796 – Conscience is a judgment of reason by which the human person recognizes the moral quality of a concrete act.
1797 – For the man who has committed evil, the verdict of his conscience remains a pledge of conversion and of hope.
1798 – A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, inconformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator. Everyone must avail himselfof the means to form his conscience.
1799 – Faced with a moral choice, conscience can makeeither a right judgment in accordance with reasonand the divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneousjudgment that departs from them.
1800 – A human being must always obey the certainjudgment of his conscience.
1801 – Conscience can remain in ignorance or makeerroneous judgments. Such ignorance and errorsare not always free from guilt.
1802 – The Word of God is a light for our path. Wemust assimilate it in faith and prayer and put itinto practice. This is how moral conscience isformed.