Sunday, March 30, 2014

Examination of Conscience - (Conclusion)

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Have I lied? Have I sworn falsely? Have I plagiarized or been academically dishonest? Have I gossiped? Have I revealed secrets or confidential information without good reason? Have I ruined the good name of others by spreading lies or maliciously revealing their faults and sins?

9. You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife.

Have I deliberately and consciously permitted sexual thoughts about anyone besides my spouse? Do I guard my imagination and senses? Have I watched shows, plays, pictures or movies that contain impure scenes with the deliberate intention of being aroused by them? Am I responsible about what I read?

10. You shall not desire your neighbor’ goods.
Am I envious of the possessions, abilities, talents, beauty, or success of others?

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Do I love my neighbor? Is there anyone whom I do not love or refuse to love? Have I wished harm or misfortune on anyone? Do I forgive from my heart those who have hurt me? Do I harbor hatred or grudges? Do I pray for my enemies? Have I ridiculed or humiliated others? Do I seek to help others in need? Do I love myself as God loves me? Do I care for my physical, emotional, and spiritual health? Do I forgive myself for my sins after bringing them to God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?

Precepts of the Church

Have I deliberately missed Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of obligation without a serious reason? Do I go to confession at least once a year when I have serious sins to confess? Do I receive Holy Communion, at least once during Eastertime? Do I take part in the major feasts celebrating Our Lord, the Virgin Mary, and the saints? Do I abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent (for ages 14 and over) and fast on one full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (for ages 18-59)? Do I fast for one hour before Holy Communion (water and medicine allowed)? Do I contribute to support the material needs of the Church?

Seee also: 

Throughout the year may we regularly and frequently make good examinations of conscience and good Confessions. This is the key to healing, happiness and authentic spiritual growth. 

Father Stanley


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