OF EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE
an examination of conscience, before the sacrament of penance, each
individual should ask himself/herself.
is my attitude to the sacrament of penance? Do I
sincerely want to be set free from sin, to turn again to God, to
begin a new life, and to enter into a deeper friendship with God? Or
do I look on it as a burden, to be undertaken as seldom as possible?
I forget to mention, or deliberately conceal, any grave sins in past
I perform the penance I was given? Did I make reparation for any
injury to others? Have I tried to put into practice my resolution to
lead a better life in keeping with the Gospel?
I. The Lord says:
“You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart.”
my heart set on God, so that I really love him above all things and
am faithful to his commandments, as a son loves his father? Or am I
more concerned about the things of this world? Have I a right
intention in what I do?
spoke to us in his Son. Is my faith in God firm and secure? Am
I wholehearted in accepting the Church’s teaching? Have
I been careful to grow in my understanding of the faith, to hear
God’s word, to listen to instructions on the faith, to avoid
dangers to faith? Have I been always strong and fearless in professing my
faith in God and the Church? Have I been willing to be known as a
Christian in private and public life?
I prayed morning and evening? When I pray, do I really raise my mind
and heart to God or is it a matter of words only? Do I offer God my
difficulties, my joys, and my sorrows? Do I turn to God in time of
I love and reverence for God’s name? Have I offended him in
blasphemy, swearing falsely, or taking his name in vain? Have I
shown disrespect for the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints?
I keep Sundays and feast days holy by taking a full part, with
attention and devotion, in the liturgy, and especially in the Mass?
Have I fulfilled the precept of annual confession and communion
during the Easter season?
there false gods that I worship by giving them greater attention and
deeper trust than I give to God: money, superstition, spiritism, or
other occult practices?
II. The Lord says: “Love one another as I have loved
I genuine love for my neighbors? Or do I use them for my own ends,
or do to them what I would not want done to myself? Have I given
grave scandal by my words or actions?
my family life, have I contributed to the well-being and happiness
of the rest of the family by patience and genuine love? Have 1 been
obedient to parents, showing them proper respect and giving them
help in their spiritual and material needs? Have I been
careful to give a Christian upbringing to my children, and to help
them by good example and by exercising authority as a parent? Have I
been faithful to my husband (wife) in my heart and in my relations
I share my possessions with the less fortunate? Do I do my best to
help the victims of oppression, misfortune, and poverty? Or
do I look down on my neighbor, especially the poor, the sick, the
elderly, strangers, and people of other races?
my life reflect the mission I received in confirmation? Do I share
in the apostolic and charitable works of the Church and in the life
of my parish? Have I helped to meet the needs of the Church and of
the world and prayed for them: for unity in the Church, for the
spread of the Gospel among the nations, for peace and justice, etc.?
I concerned for the good and prosperity of the human community in
which I live, or do I spend my life caring only for myself? Do I share to the best of my ability in the work of promoting
justice, morality, harmony, and love in human relations? Have I done
my duty as a citizen? Have I paid my taxes? Do I vote regularly?
my work or profession am I just, hard-working, honest, serving
society out of love for others? Have I paid a fair wage to
my employees? Have I been faithful to my promises and contracts?
I obeyed legitimate authority and given it due respect?
I am in a position of responsibility or authority, do I use this for
my own advantage or for the good of others, in a spirit of
I been truthful and fair, or have I injured others by deceit,
calumny, detraction, rash judgment, or violation of a secret?
I done violence to others by damage to life or limb, reputation,
honor, or material possessions? Have I involved them in loss? Have I
been responsible for advising an abortion or procuring one? Have I
kept up hatred for others? Am I estranged from others through
quarrels, enmity, insults, anger? Have I been guilty of refusing to
testify to the innocence of another because of selfishness?
I stolen the property of others? Have I desired it unjustly and
inordinately? Have I damaged it? Have I made restitution of other
people’s property and made good their loss?
I have been injured, have I been ready to make peace and to forgive,
for the love of Christ, or do I harbor hatred and the desire for
Christ our Lord says: “Be perfect as your Father is perfect.”
is my life really leading me? Is the hope of eternal life my
inspiration? Have I tried to grow in the life of the Spirit through
prayer, reading the word of God and meditating on it, receiving the
sacraments, self-denial? Have I been anxious to control my vices, my
bad inclinations and passions, e.g.,
envy, love of food and drink? Have I been proud and boastful,
thinking myself better in the sight of God and despising others as
less important than myself? Have I imposed my own will on others,
without respecting their freedom and rights?
use have I made of time, of health and strength, of the gifts God
has given me to be used like the talents in the Gospel? Do I use
them to become better every day? Or have I been lazy and too much
given to leisure?
I been patient in accepting the sorrows and disappointments of life?
How have I performed mortification so as to “fill up what is
wanting to the sufferings of Christ”? Have I kept the precept of
fasting and abstinence?
I kept my senses and my whole body pure and chaste as a temple of
the Holy Spirit consecrated for resurrection and glory, and as a
sign of God’s faithful love for men and women, a sign that is seen
most perfectly in the sacrament of matrimony? Have I dishonored by
body by fornication, impurity, unworthy conversation or thoughts,
evil desires, or actions? Have I given in to sensuality? Have I
indulged in reading, conversation, shows, and entertainments that
offend against Christian and human decency? Have I encouraged others
to sin by my own failure to maintain these standards? Have I been
faithful to the moral law in my married life?
I gone against my conscience out of fear or hypocrisy?
I always tried to act in the true freedom of the sons of God
according to the law of the Spirit, or am I the slave of forces