An Examination of Conscience for Teenagersbased on the Seven Deadly Sins
by Fr. Dylan James, 19-3-2011
5 STEPS FOR A GOOD CONFESSION
1. Examine your conscience -recall the sins thatyou have committed since your last goodconfession.2. Be sincerely sorry for your sins.3. Confess your sins to the priest.4. Make certain that you confess all your mortalsins and the number of them.5. After confession, do the penance the priestgives to you.
ACT OF CONTRITION
O my God, I am heartily sorry for havingoffended You, and I detest all my sinsbecause I dread the loss of Heaven and thepains of Hell, but most of all because theyoffend You, my God, Who are all good anddeserving of all my love. I firmly resolve,with the help of Your grace, to confess mysins, to do penance, and to amend my life.Amen.
Sins of omission
: “In what I have done,
in what I have failed to do”-sins of omission may be more serious than sins of commissione.g. Have I omitted to say myprayers?Have I omitted to look for andrespond to the needs of myfriends?
: “In thought, word, and deed”e.g. Even if I did not gossip in word,did I judge someone in thought?
of my life should be considered
:e.g. My family, my friends, schoollife, study
: PLACES-G (the seven deadly sins):Pride, Lust, Anger, Covetousness, Envy, Sloth,Gluttony
(c.f. St Thomas Aquinas,
Pride is the mother of
Have I dwelt on the failings of others?Have I
others, in my thoughtsor words?Have I ranked myself better thanothers?Have I borne hated for others?Have I refused to learn from others?Have I been
? Refused toadmit I was wrong? Refused to acceptthat another person had a better idea?Have I been
?Have I refused to admit my ownweaknesses?Have I held others in contempt?Pusillanimity
–the opposite of pride:
Have I neglected to use the talents thatGod has given me?
Vanity is excessive concern about what others think of me –not just what they think of my appearance
Have I been overly concerned aboutwhat others think of me? Have Iallowed this to motivate my actions?Have I lied or exaggerated to makemyself look good?Have I wasted undue time and moneyon clothes and appearance?Have I exercised in a vain manner, orwith an excessive concern to make mybody perfect?Have I been content with my lowlyposition?
II-II q.153; CCC 2351)
Lust is disordered desire for sexualpleasure, isolated from its procreativeand unitive purpose
Custody of the Eyes: “Whoever looks ata woman with lust for her has alreadycommitted adultery with her in his heart”(Mt 5:28)Have I viewed other people as meresexual objects rather than as personsto be loved?Pornography: On internet? or TV? orbooks?Impure Thoughts:Have I entertained impure thoughts?Have I consented to impurethoughts?Impure Words:Conversation? Jokes?Impure Acts:Alone: Impure touches?Incomplete or completeimpure acts?Impure touches with boy/girlfriend?