Seven Deadly Sins

Examination of Conscience PRIDE
Jesus, help me overcome the sin of pride. More than any sin, pride – putting myself ahead of you and others – keeps me far from you. • • • • • •

SLOTH
Father, at times I can be so lazy, so distracted. Help me to overcome the sin of sloth. I need your help not only in living up to my responsibilities at school and with my family, but I need your help in actively seeking You. • • • • • • •

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Have I refused to admit my own weaknesses? Have I dwelt on the failings of others? Have I judged others, in my thoughts or words? Have I ranked myself better than others? Have I refused to learn from others? Have I been stubborn? Refused to admit I was wrong? Refused to accept that another person had a better idea? Have I been arrogant? Have I neglected to use the talents that God has given me? Have I lied or exaggerated to make myself look good? Have I wasted undue time and money on clothes and appearance?

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LUST
God, sexual temptation is everywhere. Please give me the grace to overcome the sin of lust and impurity. Give me your eyes, give me your heart so I no longer see people as objects but as deserving of love. • • • • •

Have I sought God above all else, or have I put other priorities ahead of him? Have I got so caught up in the things of this world that I’ve forgotten God? Have I risked losing my faith by bad company, bad reading, cowardice, or pride? Have I trusted God, especially in times of difficulty? Have I attended Mass each and every Sunday? Do I seek to grow in my relationship with God by praying everyday? Have I entertained distractions in prayer, or failed to give God due concentration in prayer or in the Mass? Have I taken the Lord’s name in vain? Or used other foul language? Have I been lazy in helping others? Have I been more focused on myself than on the needs of others? Have I wasted time needlessly? Especially with TV or the internet?

Have I viewed other people as mere sexual objects rather than as persons to be loved? Have I looked at pornography? Have I entertained impure thoughts? Have I masturbated? Have I engaged in sexual activity with another person?

family. Have I eaten more than I need? Have I drunk alcohol excessively? Have I eaten greedily and with little consideration for the presence and needs of those at table with me? • Have I always fasted an hour before receiving Holy Communion at Mass? • • • Have I been resentful.org Adapted from “Examination of Conscience based on the 7 Deadly Sins” by Fr. Help me to realize that nothing in this world can fulfill my hearts desires like you can. held grudges? Have I nurtured imaginary angry conversations? • Have I been slow to forgive? • Have I lost my temper? • Have I been impatient with people. sicknesses? • • “The life of each and every one of us has been written. events. I can ready my lust. The blood is the ink.” . help me overcome the sin of gluttony and overindulgence. talents. The nails the pen. In the hands that are dug with nails. and when I am wronged. or looks? Have I repeated accusations that might not be true? Have I exaggerated? Have I failed to defend the reputation of others? Have I failed to keep secrets? Have I been overly concerned about my own comfort and well-being? Have I been resentful of my lack of money? Have I been generous in giving? Have I given with a cheerful heart? Have I cheated or stolen? Have I used people for my own ends and advantage? Have I wasted money? ANGER Heavenly Father. ideas. my resentment. The crucifix is my autobiography. • GREED Holy Spirit. I need your Spirit to help me grow in selfcontrol. • • • • • • • • • • Have I envied or been jealous of the abilities. my frustration. Help me overcome the sin of greed and materialism. I need your help to overcome my anger.ENVY Lord Jesus. Christ would have still suffered and died for you. intelligence. friends. family. In the flesh hanging from him like purple rags. In the crown of thorns I can read my pride.” St. sufferings.SCCYM. I can read avarice and greed. Croix Catholic Youth Ministry . Help me overcome the sin of envy so that I am satisfied with what you have given me and I use it for your glory. In feet that are fettered.ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN -ST. it is so easy to become jealous of what others have. possessions. AUGUSTINE “If you were the only person on earth. of another? Have I damaged the reputation of another person by my words. The skin the parchment. money. attitude. On every line of that body I can trace my life. Dylan James . we live in a world that tells us that happiness can be bought. Any sin you can think of is written there. I can find the times that I ran away and would not let him follow. When I am hurt. appearance. GLUTTONY God. Help me forgive. clothes.www.

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