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CONFLICT

In moral theology the contradictory impulses within an individual. When these impulses are to be acted on, a person must apply the discernment of spirits to decide which impulse should be followed and which one rejected. The root of the conflict may be between concupiscence and conscience, or between nature and grace, or more simply between one's own will and the will of God. (Etym. Latin con-, with + fligere, to strike: conflictus, striking together.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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