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Hübner’s1 statement important, that the cons-     understanding of nature and the functionality
             cience  should  be  regarded  as  the  orientatio-  of the conscience, but also represents clear sup-
             nal function of the spirit. This orientation and   port in overcoming evil and realising the good,
             guidance is possible only in relation to Christ   3) psychotherapy is an important part of pasto-
             and the Holy Spirit.                              ral and counselling activity. Psychotherapy re-
                                                               moves the existing human side of slavery and
             The  experience  of  discrepancy  between  one’s   hindrances on the way to God.
             own  attitude  and  divine  inspiration  calls  for
             efforts  in  therapy  to  heal  this  gap.  Thanks  to   It is however important to remember that God
             the pastoral perspective, we can recognise the    works the willing and the doing in us.
             significance of a therapy which places itself in
             relation  to  the  Christian  faith.  It  appears  that
             the place of psychotherapy is to be found so-
             mewhere in the precursory stages to religious
             life. To the person whose trust has been broken
             by damage, suffering and senseless behaviour,
             psychotherapy should restore faith and hope of
             God’s help. Faith then enables the individual to
             see himself from God’s perspective: as a beloved
             child of God, as the lost sheep, the prodigal son
             or  daughter.  This  experience  helps  in  develo-
             ping a healthy identity, one of which the apostle
             Paul says: “I live, but not I, but Christ lives in
             me.” (Gal 2, 20).

             And psychotherapy and counselling are there-
             fore  helpful,  and  strengthen  the  moral  and
             spiritual  health  of  the  conscience.  I  share  the
             author’s opinion when he writes that the impor-
             tance  of  the  conscience  for  human  behaviour
             and  action,  particularly  in  an  individualised
             and  simultaneously  connectivised  social  envi-
             ronment, must be emphasised and, for the psy-
             chotherapeutic work process, represented and
             Every good therapy leads along the path of faith
             to change, to repentance, to remorse, in order
             to create a space in which grace can work un-

             It is good to remember that

             1)  the  essence  of  conscience,  as  an  internal
             guardian of unchangeable values, consists in a
             special relationship with God,

             2) religious faith is not only the basis for a better

             1 Hübner P., Der Mythos der Neutralität. Zur Disjunktivität
             von Gut und Böse, in: IGNIS-Journal 2-91,  Kitzingen, 1991
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