Examination of Conscience

Examination of Conscience

An examination of conscience is an exercise completed before we go to confession with a priest. It is a time for us to acknowledge regret for hurting our relationship with God and our neighbors. Following is an example:

  • At home with our families, have we shown love and respect for our parents, sisters and brothers? Have we accepted our share of family chores? Have we accepted family rules? Have we respected the rights of other family members?
     
  • At school with our teachers and classmates, have we been helpful and cooperative? Have we respected the rights of others? Have we done homework and class assignments properly and promptly? Have we obeyed school and class rules?
     
  • In our Parish and in Church, have we listened and learned about God? Have we been quiet and respectful during Mass? Have we been cooperative during religion class and respectful of the rights of our catechist and the other students? Have we offered to serve the needs of the poor, the sick and the elderly?
     
  • In our neighborhood, have we respected the property of others? Have we been friendly and helpful to our neighbors? Have we kept parks and public streets clean of our personal trash? Have we helped our families recycle trash?
     
  • For ourselves personally, have we tried to eat properly and get sufficient exercise?
     
  • With our friends, have we been helpful and loyal? Have we given good example? Have we put others down? Have we helped friends to feel god about themselves?
     
  • In our relationship with God, have we talked to God often: when we get up, before school, throughout the day, before and after meals, at bedtime? Have we remembered that God is always with us through Jesus and the Holy Spirit? Have we offered prayers of praise and thanksgiving?

If you realize that you have failed in some of these ways, think of the one thing that keeps coming up over and over, and resolve to discuss it with the Priest hearing your confession. Remember, however, no matter how many times you fail, God always accepts your heartfelt sorrow and forgives you. The important thing is to be aware of your failings and try hard to change.

 
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