Examination of Conscience Preparing for your confession

I. The Lord says: "You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart."

Is my heart set on God, so that I really love him above all things and am faithful to his commandments?

Is my faith in God firm and secure? Am I wholehearted in accepting the Church's teaching? Have I been always strong and fearless in professing my faith publicly and privately?

Have I prayed morning and evening? Do I offer God my difficulties, joys, and sorrows? Do I turn to God in time of temptation?

Have I a love and a reverence for God's name or have I offended him in blasphemy, swearing, or taking his name in vain?

Do I keep Sundays and feast days holy by taking a full part in the liturgy, and especially in the Mass?

Have I fulfilled the precept of annual Confession and of Communion during the Easter season?

Are there false gods that I worship: money, superstition, the occult practices, work or sports?

II. The Lord says: "Love one another as I have loved you."

Have I a genuine love for my neighbors?

In my family life, have I contributed to the well-being of my family by patience and genuine love? Have I been obedient to parents, helping them spiritually and materially? Have I been careful to give a Christian upbringing to my children by good example and by exercising authority as a parent?

Have I been faithful to my spouse in my heart and in my relations with others?

Do I share my possessions with the less fortunate or do I look down on my neighbor, especially the poor, sick, elderly, and people of other races? Does my life reflect the mission I received in Confirmation by sharing in the Church’s apostolic and charitable works?

Do I share to the best of my ability in the work of promoting justice, morality, harmony, and love? Have I done my duty as a citizen? Have I paid my taxes?

In my work, am I just, hardworking, 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?

Have I obeyed legitimate authority?If I am in a position of authority, do I use this for my own advantage or for the good of others? Have I been truthful and fair to others?

Have I done violence to others? 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, insults, anger? Have I refused to testify to the innocence of another?

Have I stolen or damaged property? Have I desired it unjustly? Have I made restitution of other people's property and made good their loss?

If I have been injured, have I made peace for the love of Christ, have I forgiven, or do I harbor the desire for revenge?

"Love one another as I have loved you."

III. Christ our Lord says: "Be perfect as your Father is perfect."

Where 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, receiving the sacraments, or self-denial?

Have I been anxious to control my vices, bad inclinations and passions, e.g., envy, gluttony? Have I been proud and boastful? Have I imposed my own will on others?

What use have I made of the gifts God has given me? Do I use them or have I been lazy?

Have I been patient in accepting the sorrows of life? How have I performed mortification so as to "fill up what is wanting in the sufferings of Christ"? Have I kept the precept of fasting and abstinence?

Have I kept my senses and my whole body pure and chaste as a temple of the Holy Spirit? Have I dishonored my body by fornication, impurity, unworthy conversation or thoughts, evil desires, or actions? 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 gone against my conscience out of fear or hypocrisy?

Have I always tried to act in the true freedom of the children of God according to the law of the Spirit, or am I the slave of forces within me?


My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His Name, my God, have mercy.

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