An Examination of Conscience
I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
Do I honor God? Do I pray to God every day? Have I thanked God for His gifts to me? Has God and the pursuit of sanctity in Christ been the goal of my life? Have I made something else in my life more important than God: money, work, alcohol, smoking, drugs, my phone, online gaming, or vacation? Do I place myself above God? Have I tried to use magic or divination or other occult practices and tools?
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have I used God’s name in vain? Have I used His name in anger at another? Have I made a solemn promise or vow and failed to keep it? Have I asked God to hurt or condemn anyone? Have I used the Name of God to mislead, hurt or take advantage of anyone? Have I used the name of Jesus, the Virgin Mary or the Saints wrongly? Have I used bad words or had bad thoughts?
Remember to keep Holy the Lord’s Day.
Have I missed Mass on Sundays or Holy Days through my own fault? Have I been inattentive during Mass or in my prayers? Have I been unnecessarily late or left Mass early? Have I done unnecessary work or shopping on Sunday? Have I failed to take my minor children to Mass on Sunday through my own fault? Have I failed to make Sunday a day of rest and of sharing love with my family? Have I failed to Love God with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength?
Honor your Father and Mother.
Have I honored and respected my Father and Mother? Have I failed to listen to them? Have I shown Christ-like respect to my spouse and family members? Have I respected those in legitimate authority in important matters? Have I respected, honored and listened to those who are older? Have I respected, honored and helped those that I have authority or influence over? Do I honor my children and grandchildren? Have I been attentive to the religious education and formation of my children? Do I show love to my children or do I punish them or restrict them excessively? Have I loved and respected my brothers and sisters, Aunts, Uncles and cousins?
You shall not kill.
Have I killed anyone or hurt those around me in any way? Do I desire revenge or refused to forgive? Have I harmed the reputation of anyone or said unkind things about someone? Have I been in any fights? Do I look down on others or do I think that I am better than others? Am I quick to see the sins of others or to judge them? Have I been prejudice, racist, sexist? Have I abused drugs or alcohol? Have I supported abortion or mercy killing? Have I been impatient, angry, proud, revengeful, or lazy? Have I cared for the bodily, spiritual, emotional and mental health and safety of myself and all others?
You shall not commit adultery.
Have I been chaste in thought and word: in action and with my eyes? Have I willfully looked at indecent photographs, immoral movies or read immoral books? Have I talked, thought or looked at another person in this way? Have I said impure words or jokes? Have I used the “F” word in any of its forms in my speech? Have I acted or dressed in a way that would deliberately entice someone, other than my spouse to look at me or to think of me in this way?
You shall not steal.
Have I taken what was not mine or taken credit for what someone else did? Have I wasted time at work or been dishonest in any business relations? Have I wasted time at school, cheated on a test or failed to do my homework? Have I wasted time at home that I could have used to show love to my family? Have I taken away someone’s freedom unjustly? Have I paid unfair salaries to employees? Have I refused to pay a debt I freely incurred? Have I exploited someone’s weakness so I could make more money? Have I failed to work for social justice in our town, county, State, Nation and world?
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I lied? Have I spoken ill of any other person? Have I harm others with lies or gossip? Have I used irony or teasing to harm another? Have I made or let someone take the blame that was my fault? Have I covered up or hidden the truth? Have I failed to use opportunities to reveal God to others? Have I boasted or bragged about myself or lied to make myself look better?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.
Have I thought lustfully of someone who is not my spouse? Have I let any of my human desires lead me against reason and the will of God? Have I failed to try to purify my heart? Have I failed to practice chastity, purity of intention and of vision? Have I been envious or jealous of some ones skills, talents or gifts?
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Have I been greedy? Do I desire to amass earthy goods without limits or need? Do I desire the power that can come from great wealth or possessions? Have I harmed others temporal goods? Do I cling to my possessions or wants? Have I purposely done vandalism? Do I wish ill on another? Am I envious of what someone has? Have I failed to love my neighbor as myself? Have I failed to love others as Jesus loves me?
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