Commentary

February 21, 2014

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community

– How do you face a crisis of conscience?  Do you have a rule (or a set of rules) that will meet every requirement?  Is there a secret formula that will guarantee a clean conscience at the end of the day?  My guess is that one rule or a secret formula does not exist that answers every dilemma.  The real work of clean conscience starts with the small and daily decisions to do what is right.  Then when a crisis comes, your mind has been trained to do the right thing.

Through our prayers – an opportunity to pray for the needs of our community

– Pray for diligence to practice small but right choices every day.




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