dictate of conscience

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The general, accustomed on every ordinary occasion to give the law in his family, prepared for no reluctance but of feeling, no opposing desire that should dare to clothe itself in words, could ill brook the opposition of his son, steady as the sanction of reason and the dictate of conscience could make it.
As we head into a season whose hallmarks are ones of thanksgiving, peace, and goodwill toward others, it's always inspiring to see examples of people, particularly families, who act according to the dictate of conscience and reach out to those less fortunate than themselves.
To act against the dictate of conscience is to act against natural law--that portion of divine law accessible to human reason.