An examination of conscience made easy
You don’t rob banks. You haven’t killed anyone. You go to Mass weekly.
This Lent, try going to confession anyway. Or the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Or Penance if you’re an old fogy like me. No matter what you call it, you’ll be glad you got up the courage.
Let’s even make it easy — here’s a quick list of questions to ask ourselves — you remember, an “examination of conscience.” These are some good things to talk to the priest about. Think of them as places in your life’s journey you want to improve, and your conversation with the priest is inviting him to help you do that.
- Have I made time for my relationship with God — for Mass and prayer?
- Have I failed to forgive?
- Have I shown others anger way out of proportion?
- Have I been a gossip, spread rumors, been critical of others without really having all the facts?
- Have I been jealous or envious of other people?
- Have I been a bad influence on others, even an enabler of other’s sins or addictions?
- Have I failed to use the talents God’s given me because I’ve been lazy?
- Have I made excuses for my own addictions or over-indulgences?
- Have I given in to temptations that I know are sinful?
- Have I missed chances to use my gifts and talents to help others?
- Have I failed to see Jesus in the eyes of others?
The grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will do you good, and you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders, even if the total of your sins don’t add up to much.
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