Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sunday March 9, 2008

Examination of Conscience—continued from last week...

3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

Do I try to keep Sunday as a day of prayer, rest, and relaxation, avoiding unnecessary work?

Have I deliberately come late or left early from Mass without a good reason?

4. Honor your father and your mother.

Do I honor and respect my parents?

Have I deliberately hurt my parents?

Do I treat my children with love and respect?

Do I support and care for the well-being of all family members?

Have I neglected family duties?

Do I honor and obey my lawful superiors?

5. You shall not kill.

Have I deliberately harmed anyone?

Have I had an abortion or encouraged an abortion?

Have I attempted suicide or seriously considered it?

Have I abused drugs or alcohol?

Have I led anyone to sin through bad example or through direct encouragement?

6. You shall not commit adultery.

For the married:

Am I faithful to my spouse in thought and action?

Have I used artificial contraception, or been sterilized?

Was I married outside the Church without proper permission of the Church?

For the unmarried:

Have I engaged in sexual activity with anyone of either sex?

For all:

Have I deliberately viewed pornographic magazines, videos, or internet websites?

Have I done impure actions alone or with another?

Have I used impure language or told impure jokes?

Do I dress modestly?

7. You shall not steal.

Have I stolen or accepted stolen goods?

Have I deliberately destroyed the property of others?

Have I cheated anyone of what I owe?

Do I gamble excessively?

Do I share what I have with the poor and the Church according to my means?

Have I pirated materials: videos, music, software?

The conclusion is next week.

See also: Knights of Columbus website, A Guide to Confession.

Fr. Stanley