Prayer Before Confession
O Lord, grant me light to see myself as Thou dost see me and the graceto be truly and efficaciously contrite for my sins. O Mary, help me tomake a good confession.
Examination of Conscience
PreliminaryBesides telling the nature of our sins, we must also recollect, as far aspossible, the NUMBER of times we have committed them, telling also(and only) those CIRCUMSTANCES which at times may either make avenial sin mortal or a mortal sin notably worse.1. Have I ever failed to confess a serious sin or disguised it?2. Have I been guilty of irreverence for this sacrament by failingto examine my conscience carefully?3. Have I failed to perform the penance given me by theconfessor or disobeyed any of his directions?4. Have I neglected the Easter duty of receiving Holy Communionor failed to confess my sins within a year?5. Have I any HABITS of serious sin to confess first (impurity,drunkenness, etc.)?First Commandment1. Am I ignorant of my catechism (Act of Contrition, Apostle'sCreed, Ten Commandments, Seven Sacraments, the OurFather)?2. Have I willfully doubted or denied any of the teachings of theChurch(heresy)?3. Have I taken active part in any non-Catholic worship?4. Am I a member of any anti-Catholic or any secret society?5. Have I knowingly read any anti-Catholic literature?6. Have I practiced any superstitions (horoscopes, fortune tellers,etc.)?Second Commandment1. Have I used God's name in vain by way of profanity?