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Conscientious Choice Leads to Obedient Freedom

Conscience is not the same as feeling; conscience is the inner process that enables you to listen to voices beyond your own feelings and desires.  It is the process by which you freely choose which desires to follow and which to ignore. Conscience notices the wider world of other people‚Äôs feelings, the vows made to a spouse, the law of the land.  Your feelings will be one of the factors that conscience considers but they are not the only factor.  Intense feeling is not the same as conscience.  The monastic way urges the conscientious exercise of choice leading to obedient freedom  Page 78

From:  Finding Sanctuary
By:  Abbot Christopher Jamison

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