“Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune.”

Carl Gustav Jung

Wednesday, 25 August 2021

Joshua 24:1–18

When Joshua addresses the people of Israel, he is playing the role of their voice of conscience. He is pointing out where they have gone wrong, where they need to amend their lives. He is directing their attention to their ways of living that they perhaps don’t want to look at – or are not aware of. 

At times, when we hear the voice of conscience in our own hearts, that voice can sound quite harsh. It can be accompanied by guilt, especially when we know that we have done what is contrary to what God wants for us and our lives.

But if we look at this voice through the lens of God’s mercy, we can see it in another light. We might experience this voice as critical. But through the lens of God’s mercy, we can see how God’s love is reaching out to us when we have lost our way.

God always wants his children to experience life and life to the full. When we make bad decisions or live in a way that does not bring us life, God calls out to us. He guides us back to the right path so that we can experience all the joy he created us for. 

If we think of the voice of conscience as God’s love reaching out to us, does it help us engage with this voice more deeply? If we were to see how God desires us to be happy and at peace, can we more easily follow its guidance?

Perhaps we can take some time out today to listen to God’s voice in our hearts, knowing he is gentle and merciful. 

Loving God,

Your voice in our hearts is guidance us to life. Help us to see this voice through the lens of your mercy and love. Give us the grace to follow your voice as we seek our happiness and peace.


Rev. Grant Tungay SJ

Fr Grant Tungay SJ is a lawyer by training, he left a career in law to join the Jesuits. He specialised in human rights law and has done volunteer work at the SA Human Rights Commission and also worked as an intern for the Centre of Applied Legal Studies at WITS. He worked at the Jesuit Institute South Africa for a few years in the area of social justice and is interested in the overlap between law, social justice and spirituality.

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