Thought for the Day – 6 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“There is such a thing also, as a scrupulous conscience.
Some people live in continual anxiety and torment.
They see sin everywhere and believe it is impossible to avoid it.
In spite of the clear directions of their confessor, they postpone receiving Holy Communion because they feel unworthy.
They say their prayers over and over again because they feel that they are saying them badly.
They become a burden to themselves and to others.
They never stop worrying and waste their own valuable time, as well as that of their confessor.
The spirit of Jesus, however, is a spirit of peace, forgiveness and truth.
He is infinitely good and merciful and wants us to have complete confidence in Him and in the ministers of His Church, which He founded as a sure guide for our salvation and spiritual happiness.
People who are troubled by a scrupulous conscience should go to a good confessor or Spiritual Director and strictly obey his instructions.
The only cure for scrupulosity is absolute obedience.”