To be conscious one must be – painfully aware of and sensitive to surroundings,
concerned with or worried about a particular matter, and always deliberate and intentional. To be ever conscious, one must be a willing and continuous learner, be willing to engage in analyses and aware of one’s self within the world and our immediate environment.
Possessing a conscience is dependent on being conscious. Possessing a conscience leads to resultant actions. Conscience is an inner feeling or voice acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.
If we want our children to possess a fully formed conscience, we must model and be consistent in our behavior, the resultant actions we undertake within the world and our immediate environment. We must practice and make learned and deliberate choices – being conscious. Repeated practice and learning reinforces conscience and develops faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11.1
“Live in such a way“, teaches Hierarch Theophanes the Recluse, “that the God of love will love thee with eternal love. Go forth to thy commerce, but watch, so as not to sell thy soul to the world through the acquisition of worldly goods. Go forth to thy fields, fertilize thy land and sow seed in it, so that with its fruits thou mayest strengthen thy body; but especially sow in the field the fruits of eternal life. Preserve the garment received in Holy Baptism pure and spotless until the end of thy life, that thou mayest be a worthy partaker of the heavenly bridal chamber, wherein only those enter who have a pure garment and burning lamps in their hands.“