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  PREPARATION FOR CONFESSION

Instruction and Prayers for a Good Confession

  O Christian soul, as you approach the Holy Sacrament of Penance, remember that you are going to undertake a work on the good performance of which, more than any other duty, your eternal welfare depends.  Therefore, remove yourself from every source of distraction and place yourself in the presense of God and humbly adore Him.  Advise yourself that this may be the last confession you have the opportunity of making.  Let this examination of conscience, your sorrow for your sins, your firm purpose of amendment, and the sincerity of this confession be the most perfect you can make it.  Begin by imploring the light and grace of Almighty God to reveal to you the malice of your sins, and give to you the grace of true repentance.

Come Holy Ghost, Divine Spirit of light and truth, assist me to discover all my sins, to have heartfelt sorrow for them, confess them sincerely, and to amend my life. Amen.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for me.  St. Joseph, pray for me.  My Guardian Angel, help me to make a good confession.

 

Examination of Conscience (according to the Ten Commandments and laws of the Church)

1.  I AM THE LORD THY GOD; THOU SHALT NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.

Did I fail to love God?  Have I denied, was ashamed of, or doubted my Faith?  Was I careless in saying or fail to say my prayers?  Did I read books, attend movies or lectures against my Faith?

2.  THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN.

Did I curse, swear or use profane language?  Did I use God's name lightly...carelessly...in blasphemy?  Did I tell jokes belittling God, the Church, or the Saints?  Did I practice occultism (tarrot cards, fortune tellers, etc...)?  Did I criticize or defame the Catholic Church, the Holy Father, a Bishop or Priest for the sake of gossip?  Did I confess all my Mortal sins in private confession BEFORE receiving the HOly Eucharist or receive the Holy Eucharist casually or disrespectfully?

3.  REMEMBER THOU KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH DAY.
 

Have I missed Mass on Sundays or Holy DAys of Obligation due to my own fault?  Was I late for Mass or leave early without a good reason?  Did I allow my children to miss Mass?  Did I make my Easter duty and go to confession at least once in the past year?  Am I easily distracted at Mass?  Did I do or cause others to do unncecessary work or shopping on Sunday?  Do I engage excessively in sports or secular activities on Sundays?  Other than attending Mass, do I give some time to God on Sundays?  Am I spiritually lazy... Do I fulfill my spiritual duty to Evangelize?

4.  HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER

As a minor, did I obey my parents or other lawful authority?  Have I talked back or failed to help at home?  Have I been the cause of heartache for my parents?  Have I criticized my parents or my teachers?  As an adult, have I neglected my children's religious education?  Have I failed to lead my children to Mass or participation in the Sacraments, especially Confession?  Have I failed to spend time with my family? Have I failed to support my family by using my wages for frivilous or sinful things?  Have I separated or gotten a civil divorce without consultation with a priest?

5.  THOU SHALT NOT KILL.

Was I angry...resentful...kept hatred in my heart?  Did I fight or cause injury to others?  Did I participate in sports or entertainment which promote or condone violence?  Did I give a bad example or cause scandal?  Did I fail to correct my children in charity?  Did I cause injury or harm to others through negligence?  Did I consent to or condone abortion?  Did I practice birth control or consent to a vasectomy or other mutilation as means of birth control?  Have I remained silent about abortion or voted for political candidates who publically support abortion?

6.  THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.

Did I consent to impure glances, or acts?  Was I immodest in dress or behavior?  Did I read impure or sensual books or magazines?  Did I commit impure acts with myself (masturbation)?  Did I commit fornication (pre-marital sex) or adutery (sex with a married person)?  Am I guilty of gluttony?  Have I failed to avoid occasions of impurity?

7.  THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.

Did I steal...what or how much?  Did I return what I stole or make restitution?  Did I give my employer a fair day's work for my pay?  Did I waste time in school or avoid my work at home?  Am I stingy to my family or to my Church?  Do I gamble for more than entertainment or so much that I deprive my family of basic necessities?  Do I try to pay my just debts promptly?  Do I live in poverty of spirit and detachment to material things?  Have I shared my wealth with the poor and the needy... without judging them?

8.  THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOR.

Have I lied?  Have I told lies about others?  Did I reveal secrets that should have been kept confidential?  Have I revealed the faults or sins of others?  Have I said things that damaged the good name of another, whether true or false?  Have I been overly critical of others?  Have I done or said anything to or about any member of my family, friends, or neighbor that was uncharitable?  Have I judged others?

9.  THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR'S WIFE.

Have I looked at a member of the opposite sex and consented to impure thoughts about them?  Have I consented to watch movies or TV shows that induced impure thoughts because of impure dress, actions, or speech?  Have I watched movies or TV shows that promote immoral ideas or concepts or sinful life styles?  Have I read books or magazines with those same themes?  Have I engaged in impure conversations, jokes, or stories?  Have I neglected to control my imagination in regard to impure matters?  Do I pray at once to banish impure thoughts and temptations?

10.  THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR'S GOODS.

Am I jealous or envious of the material goods of others?  Do I have a great desire to become rich?  Do I deprive my family of my time so that I can make enough money to buy material things that are not necessary for the spirituzal and corporal welfare of my family (expensive cars, boats, travel and entertainment, etc.)?  Whether I'm rich or poor do I have an attachment to the things of the world and place on them a higher priority than the salvation of souls?  Do I have the attitude that I should be able to live a little and enjoy the fruits of my labors now as I will have plenty of time when I get old or retire to become holy?  Have I taught my children that the most important thing in life is to do well in this world, in sports and business in order to aquire the good things in life?  Have I ever encouraged my children to limit the number of their children so that they can have and give to their children all the good things in life?  Have I ever advised my children to practice birth control or condoned it so that they will be able to afford the nicer things in life?

AN ACT OF CONTRITION

    Oh my God, I am heartly sorry for having offended thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because I have offended thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.  Amen.

**  Sins against the Holy Ghost:  Presumption of God's Mercy-Despair-Opposing the known Truth-Envy of  another's spiritual good-Obstinacy in sin-Final impenitence

**  Sins crying to Heaven for vengezance:  Willful murder-Sodomy-Oppressing the Poor-Defrauding workers of just wages

**  Nine ways to be an accessory to another's sin:  By counsel-Command-Consent-Provocation-Flattery-Concealment-Participation-Silence-Defense of the sin

**  The seven deadly sins:  Pride-Covetousness-Lust-Anger-Gluttony-Envy-Sloth

**  The four last things to be remembered:  Death-Judgement-Heaven-Hell

SACRILEGIOUS COMMUNION

   For Catholics to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist while in the state of Mortal sin is a Sacrilege.  (If a Mortal sin is with-held and not confessed in private Sacramental Confession, it becomes another mortal sin and a sacrilege).  Receiving the Holy Eucharist improperly disposed or in unbelief of the True Presence is sacrilegious.

  St. Paul in First Corinthians warns:  "Therefore whosoever shall eat this Bread, or drink the Chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord.  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgement to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord."

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