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"It is through conscience that human beings see and recognize the demands of the divine law. They are bound to follow their conscience faithfully in everything they do."
Religious Liberty, no 2.

How Natural Law functions

according to Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)


Fr Columba Ryan OPNatural Law is not a set of detailed prescriptions.
Natural Law is the whole process by which a human being uses his intelligence [conscience] to act in a morally correct manner.
This diagram is explained very well in the essay by Dr Columba Ryan OP: The Traditional Concept of Natural Law: An Interpretation.
Read also chosen selections from Thomas Aquinas' own writings.

Meaning explained in the text!