The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do per-
sons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be
guided by objective standards of moral conduct.
“Conscience is man’s most secret core, and his sanctu
ary. There he is alone with God whose voice echoes in
his depths” (
Conscience is a judgment of reason by which the
human person recognizes the moral quality of a con-
For the man who has committed evil, the verdict of his
conscience remains a pledge of conversion and of hope.
A well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It
formulates its judgments according to reason, in con-
formity with the true good willed by the wisdom of
the Creator. Everyone must avail himself of the means
to form his conscience.
Faced with a moral choice, conscience can make either
a right judgment in accordance with reason and the
divine law or, on the contrary, an erroneous judgment
that departs from them.
A human being must always obey the certain judg-
ment of his conscience.
Conscience can remain in ignorance or make errone-
ous judgments. Such ignorance and errors are not
always free of guilt.
The Word of God is a light for our path. We must
assimilate it in faith and prayer and put it into practice.
This is how moral conscience is formed.