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Examination of Conscience wma download
a wonderful healing pre-reconcilation self-examination to help you sort out stuff with God – say sorry – accept God's healing forgiveness & letting go

St John Chrysostom reminds us: “It is possible to offer fervent prayer even while walking in public or strolling alone, or seated in your shop... while buying or selling... or even while cooking.” (Catholic Catechism)


+ In the Name of the Father
And of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit
Amen

I am writing this, my children, to stop you sinning;

but if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father. Jesus Christ, who is just;

he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s.”

(I John 2:1-2)

It is easy to become complacent or self-righteous when we examine ourselves in terms of specific acts such as stealing, lying, or cheating.

It is much more difficult to pat ourselves on the back when we consider all the opportunities that we have missed to show a positive loving concern for others.


Three Basic Questions

Do I fully give myself to God?

Do I truly love my neighbour?

In what direction is my life going?


Do I fully give myself to God?

Jesus says: “You must love God with your whole heart.”

1. Have I given my whole heart to God to the degree that I love him above all things and thus keep his commandments?

Do I love him as a son loves his father, or am I too readily caught up with the love of other things?

2. Do I firmly believe in God who has spoken to me through his Son?

Do I accept the teaching of the Church?

Am I interested in learning more about my faith especially by listening to the Word of God,

and avoiding whatever could weaken my faith?

Have I given witness to my Christian beliefs in private and in public?

3. Do I pray in the morning and the evening?

Is my prayer a true conversation with God involving both mind and heart or are my thoughts far from him?

Do I call for help in times of temptation?

4. Do I participate actively and attentively in the celebration of the Liturgy especially the Eucharist?

Do I frequent the sacraments?

5. Do I have other “idols” like work, sport, hobbies, excessive watching TV, DVDs, going to movies, surfing the internet, shopping, fashion etc.,

things that take up more of my time and attention than God does?

6. Do I consciously seek to come to the end of each day having nothing to regret,

nothing to be ashamed of?

Let us pause to reflect for a few moments.... do I fully give myself to God....


Do I truly love my neighbour?

The Lord says:
“Love one another
as I have loved you”.

1. Do I truly love my neighbour or do I oppress him, using him for my purposes,

or treat him in a way I woLild not want to be treated?

Have I scandalized my neighbour by word or deed?

2. Am I concerned for the well being of my family?

Is my patience and love a source of joy for them?

Am I concerned for my children’s Christian education. helping them by example’?

Do I take care of their spiritual and material needs, thus fostering in them a spirit of obedience, respect and helpfulness?

3. Am I faithful to my spouse in mind, in heart and in life?

Am I concerned for the spiritual growth of my spouse?

What do I do to encourage that growth?

Do I give enough love, patience, encouragement, support?

As spouses are we growing together?

Do we pray together, dialogue together, communicate with each other?

Do we evaluate our Christian growth as spouses and as a family?

4. Do I share what I possess with those who are poorer than I?

Do I defend the oppressed as much as I am able?

Do I help those who live in misery?

Do I help those who are weaker,

or do I look down upon the poor, the weak, the elderly and those of a different race?

5. Am I responding to my vocation to be a Christian?

Am I an apostle for Christ?

6. In the community of which I am a part, am I involved only for my own benefit?

Do I promote honesty, harmony and love?

Do I fulfil my civic responsibilities?

Could I be more generous, more courageous, more self-sacrificing, more cheerful?

7. In my work or place of employment, am I just, hardworking, honest?

Do I work with a spirit of love and care?

Do I pay a just wage?

Do I keep my word and comply with contract specifications?

8. Do I respect and obey legitimate authority?

Do I exercise authority for the common good and in a spirit of service?

9. Am I truthful and sincere in my conversations?

Do I engage in gossip, calumny, half truths?

Have I violated someone’s trust?

10. Have I damaged the health, reputation, honour, life or goods that belong to another?

Have I hated anyone?

Do I feel alienated from anyone due to disappointments, injury, outright offences?

Have I sought reconciliation with them?

Have I failed to stand up for the innocence of an accused person?

Let us pause to reflect for a few moments.... do I truly love my neighbour....


In what direction is my life going?

Christ the Lord says:
“Seek first the Kingdom of God

1. In what direction is my life going?

Does the hope of eternal life encourage me?

Am I growing closer to Christ through daily acts of piety, prayer and meditation?

Do I try to control my vices, passions and inclinations by self-discipline?

Do I eat, drink or smoke too much?

Am I self-satisfied or overbearing, disregarding the opinions or feelings of others?

Have I deprived others of their freedom or rights by imposing my will on them?

2. How have I used the time, energy and talents which God has given me?

Have I begrudged the time to be His apostle?

Or have I been lazy and wasted time?

3. Have I accepted serenely and patiently the problems and set-backs of life?

Do I sacrifice and mortify myself in order to imitate and share in the Passion of Christ?

Am I willing to appear weak in order that others can be strong?

4. Have I kept my body pure and chaste as a temple of the Holy Spirit destined to rise again to glory, as a sign of God’s faithful love for mankind, especially in marriage?

Have I sinned by giving way to impure words, thoughts, actions or desires?

Have I led others into sin by my indecency?

5. Have I acted against my own conscience out of fear or hypocrisy?

Have my actions been guided by Christian or by selfish motives?

Let us pause to reflect for a few moments.... in what direction is my life going....


Remember that the infidelities of the “faithful” are the infidelities which wound my heart most.

I COUNT ON YOU! ON YOU!

And you, on whom or what do you count?


My son, don’t stop halfway.

I search for your fire, your energy and your surrender.


A Christian has a right to be enthusiastic. If you want to, you can.

TELL ME HONESTLY: “Cost what it may, because it does cost, I shall live in your grace, Lord.”

EVERYTHING DEPENDS ON YOUR REALLY WANTING TO.


Reconcilation Prayers

(Note: No substitute for Sacrament of Reconcilation)
Leader:
For the times we have forgotten your loving presence, your saving Word,

for the times we have been happy to say, “Lord, Lord,” but without action.

All: Forgive us, Lord.


Leader: For the times we have ignored you in our neighbour who needed us,

for the times we have left you alone to work for peace in the community,

denying you, out of cowardice or neglect, in your effort to attain a more orderly, fraternal and just world.

All: Forgive us, Lord.


Leader: Let us pray.

All: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world,

have mercy on us.

You are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Leader: May we all serve the Lord our God with a perfect heart,

that we may work according to his will and obey his commands.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.


Meditation

Confession and Forgiveness (Psalm 32)

Happy is the man whose sins are forgiven, whose transgressions are pardoned.

Happy is the man whom the Lord does not accuse of doing wrong, who is free from all deceit.

When I did not confess m sins, I was worn out from crying all day long.

Day and night you punished me.

Lord: my strength was completely drained, as moisture is dried up by the summer heat.

Then I confessed my sins to you, I did not conceal my wrongdoings.

I decided to confess them to you, and you forgave all my transgressions.

So all your loyal people should pray to you in times of need,

when a great flood comes rushing, it will not reach them.

You are my hiding place, you will save me from trouble.

I sing aloud of your salvation, because you protect me.


God’s Complete Knowledge and Care
(from Psalm 139)

Lord, you have examined me, and you know me.

You know everything I do, from far away you understand all my thoughts.

You see me, whether I am working or resting, you know all my actions.

Even before I speak you already know what I will say.

You are all around me, on every side,

you protect me with your power.

Your knowledge of me is overwhelming, it is too deep for me to understand.

Examine me God, and know my mind,

test me, and discover my thoughts.

Find out if there is any deceit in me,

and guide me in the eternal way.

+ In the Name of the Father
And of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit
Amen


6 STEPS FOR A GOOD CONFESSION

1. Examine your conscience - what sins have you committed since your last good confession.

2. Be sincerely sorry for your sins.

3. Confess your sins to the priest.

4. Make certain that you confess all your mortal sins and the number of them.

5. After your confession, do the penance the priest gives to you.

6. Pray daily for the strength to avoid the occasion of sin, especially for those sins you were just absolved from.


ACT OF CONTRITION

O my God, I am heartily sorry
for having offended You,
and I detest all my sins,

because I dread the loss of Heaven
and the pains of Hell,

but most of all because they offend You, my God,
Who are all good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve,
with the help of Your grace,
to confess my sins,
to do penance,
and to amend my life.
Amen.

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