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 Did I disobey, disrespect or answered back at my parents or

Guide for a Thorough Examination of Conscience


for Confession of Sins legitimate superiors?
 Did I neglect my duties to my husband, wife, children or parents?
6 STEPS FOR A GOOD CONFESSION  Did I neglect to give good religious example to my family?
 Did I fail to actively take an interest in the religious education and
formation of my children?
 Examine your conscience - what sins have you committed since
your last good confession.  Did I fail to educate myself on the true teachings of the Church?
 Be sincerely sorry for your sins.  Did I give scandal by what I said or did, especially to the young?
 Confess your sins to the priest.  Did I cause anyone to leave the faith?
 Make certain that you confess all your mortal sins and the  Did I cause tension and fights in my family?
number of them (say at least that you can no longer remember how  Did I care for my aged and infirm relatives?
many times a sin has been done.)  Did I give a full day's work for a full day's pay?
 After your confession, do the penance the priest gives to you.  Did I give a fair wage to my employees?
 Pray daily for the strength to avoid the occasion of sin, especially
for those sins you were just absolved from.
FIFTH COMMANDMENT
Bless me Father for I have sinned. My last confession was (say "You shall not kill." (Ex 20:13)
when you had your last confession and then start confessing your
 Did I kill, physically injure, torture or bullied (physically,
sins). After confessing, listen to the instructions of the priest. emotionally) anyone?
 Did I involve myself in kidnapping?
ACT OF CONTRITION  Did I have an abortion, or advise someone else to have an
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest abortion? (One who procures an abortion is automatically
all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, excommunicated, as is anyone who is involved in an abortion, Canon
but most of all because they offend You, my God, Who are all good 1398. The excommunication will be lifted in the Sacrament of
and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your Reconciliation.)
grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life.  Did I use or cause my spouse to use birth control pills (whether or
Amen. not realizing that birth control pills do abort the fetus if and when
conceived)?
FIRST COMMANDMENT  Did I attempt suicide?
 Did I take part in or approve of "mercy killing" (euthanasia)?
"I am the Lord your God. You shall not have  Did I get angry, impatient, envious, unkind, proud, revengeful,
strange gods before Me." (Ex 20:2,3) jealous, hateful toward another, lazy?
 Did I doubt or deny that God exists?  Did I give bad example by drug abuse, drinking alcohol to excess,
 Did I refuse to believe what God has revealed to us? fighting, quarreling?
 Did I believe in fortune telling, horoscopes, dreams, the occult,  Did I abuse my children?
good-luck charms, tarot cards, palmistry, Ouija boards, seances,
reincarnation? SIXTH COMMANDMENT
 Did I practice occultism? (Pangkukulam, Pambabarang, Consulting
Albularyo, Espiritista, Pangtatawas, using Pangontra, "You shall not commit adultery." (Ex 20:14)
Superstition/Pamahiin, Casting spells, Practiced Feng Shui, Spirit of "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife." (Ex
the Glass/Coin, Freemasonry, past-life reading, psychic/aura reading,
Satanism, crystal ball reading, palm reading, astral travel, trance
20:17)
Note: In the area of deliberate sexual sins listed below, all are mortal sins if
channeling, communicating with the dead, food offering to there is sufficient reflection and full consent of the will. "No fornicators,
elementals/nuno sa punso, satanic/demonic pc games/RPG, games idolaters, or adulterers, no sodomites,... will inherit the kingdom of God." (1
involving elementals such as fairies, dragons, spell casting, using Cor 6:9-10) "Anyone who looks lustfully at a woman has already committed
talisman or anting-anting, yoga, pranic healing, reiki, ghost hunting, adultery with her in his thoughts." (Mt 5:28)
offering something or your soul to the devil in exchange for fame,  Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or desires?
power or money, etc.)  Did I use impure or suggestive words? Tell impure stories? Listen
 Did I deny that I was Catholic? to them? Made or listened to green jokes?
 Did I leave the Catholic Faith?  Did I deliberately look at impure TV, videos, plays, pictures or
 Did I give time to God each day in prayer? movies? Or deliberately read impure materials? Pornography in
 Did I love God with my whole heart? print, radio, television or online
 Did I despair (lost hope) of or presume on God's mercy?  Did I commit impure acts by myself (masturbation, touching
 Was I indifferent? (doesn’t care at all) myself/others)?
 Did I practice Simony (buying, selling of sacred or already blessed  Did I commit impure acts with another - fornication (premarital
objects) sex), adultery (sex with a married person) bestiality (animals)?
 Sacrilege (disrespect against sacred object, places and persons)  Did I practice artificial birth control (by pills, device, withdrawal)?
 Did I have false gods in my life that I gave greater attention to than  Did I marry or advise anyone to marry outside the Church?
God, like money, profession, drugs, TV, fame, pleasure, property,  Did I avoid the occasions of impurity?
etc.?  Did I try to control my thoughts?
 Did I engage in homosexual activity/sinful relationships?
SECOND COMMANDMENT  Did I respect all members of the opposite sex, or have I thought of
other people as objects?
"You shall not take the Name of the Lord your
 Did I or my spouse have sterilization done?
God in vain." (Ex 20:7)  Did I abuse my marriage rights?
 Did I blaspheme or insult God?
 Did I take God's name carelessly or uselessly (saying “Oh my God” SEVENTH & TENTH COMMANDMENTS
disrespectfully)?
"You shall not steal." (Ex 20:15) "You shall not
 Did I curse, or break an oath or vow?
 Did I get angry with God? covet your neighbor's goods." (Ex 20:17)
 Did I steal, cheat, help or encourage others to steal or keep stolen
THIRD COMMANDMENT goods? Have I made restitution for stolen goods?
"Remember that you keep holy the Sabbath  Did I fulfill my contracts; give or accept bribes; pay my bills; rashly
gamble or speculate; deprive my family of the necessities of life?
Day." (Ex 20:8)  Did I waste time at work, school or at home?
 Did I miss Mass Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation (Dec. 8, Dec.  Did I envy other people's families or possessions?
25, January 1) through my own fault?  Did I make material possessions the purpose of my life?
 Did I come to Mass on time? Leave early?
 Did I do work on Sunday that was not necessary? EIGHTH COMMANDMENT
 Did I set aside Sunday as a day of rest and a family day? "You shall not bear false witness against your
 Did I show reverence in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed
Sacrament? neighbor." (Ex 20:16)
 Did I lie?
FOURTH COMMANDMENT  Did I deliberately deceive others, or injure others by lies?
"Honor your father and your mother." (Ex 20:12)  Did I commit perjury?
 Did I gossip or reveal others' faults or sins?
 Did I fail to keep secret what should be confidential?

OTHER SINS
 Did I fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday?
 Did I eat meat on the Fridays of Lent or Ash Wednesday?
 Did I fail to receive Holy Communion during Eastertime?
 Did I go to Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin? Without fasting
(water and medicine permitted) for one hour from food and drink?
 Did I make a bad confession (hiding sins, not confessing
everything)?
 Did I fail to contribute to the support of the Church?

7 Capital Sins
Pride
 Boastfulness
 Human Respect (excessive regard for the opinions or esteem of
other people. Not doing/saying what you’re supposed to do/say
because you’re too afraid of what people may think or say)
 Self-righteousness
 Fault-finding
 Lack of humility to accept faults
 Not apologizing
 Superiority/inferiority complex
 Holier than thou attitude (you think that you are more holy than
others)

Envy
 Feeling happy for other people’s loss and feeling sorrow for other
people’s success
 Being bothered when the good deeds of others are seen/praised
while ours remain hidden
 Speaking ill of other persons and downplay their works
 We compete and resort to trickery to get even or ahead of those
whom we envy

Anger
 Impatience
 Temperamental with the shortcomings of others
 Loosing temper over little discomforts and annoyances
 Harboring grudges
 Lack of forgiveness
 Saying bad words, curses

Sloth
 Procrastination
 Mediocrity
 Passing to others one’s duties

Gluttony
 Lack of temperance in food
 Eating excessively to the point of getting sick or that other
persons/family members are not able to eat anymore

Greed
 Inordinate attachment to things/persons
 Prioritizing material things/persons more than God
 Using violence to acquire things
 Not sharing

Lust
 Impure thoughts
 Immodest clothing
 Not avoiding occasions/persons that may cause you to commit
impurity
 Immodest dancing

“Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants


pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession
there is a chance for mercy”
- St. Isidore of Seville

References:
 BELIEVE! Examination of Conscience
 Checklist on the Occult
 http://www.scborromeo.org/confess.htm

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