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Examination of Conscience
CatholicCulture.org ^ | 1954 | Rev. Joseph A. Fischer

Posted on 03/05/2005 9:39:04 AM PST by Salvation

Examination of Conscience

Here is a helpful examination of conscience, based on the Ten Commandments. Perform a brief examination every night, but go through a more thorough examination before confessing your sins to the priest.

DIRECTIONS
The Commandments of God
  1. Have I doubted in matters of faith? murmured against God because of adversity? despaired of His mercy? Have I believed in or consulted fortune tellers? Have I taken part in non-Catholic worship?

    Have I recommended myself regularly to God? Neglected my morning or evening prayers? Omitted my religious obligations because of human respect? Presumed upon God's mercy in committing sin?

    Have I read books or papers opposed to the Church and her teachings? Did I make use of superstitious practices; such as believing in dreams, and charms, and the like? Have I spoken irreverently of persons (priests or religious), places (e.g, the Church), or things (the sacred vessels) which especially represent God?

  2. Have I used the name of God or the saints with irreverence? Have I sworn (which means calling upon God to witness the truth of what I say) without a good reason, or falsely? Have I cursed (the calling down of some evil on a person, place, or thing)? Blasphemed (used insulting language to express contempt for God), the saints, or holy things?

  3. Did I miss Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation? Have I done unnecessary servile work or been responsible for others doing it on these days?

  4. Have I been obedient to my parents and lawful superiors? Have I shown disrespect toward their God-given authority? Have I deceived them? Have I been a good citizen by voting? Have I shown respect toward aged parents?

    Have I used my authority over inferiors properly? As a parent, by good example in the home and by sending the children to a Catholic school? As a person in public office, by promoting the common welfare? As an employer, by being considerate of the employees?

  5. Have I been the occasion of another's sin through my bad example in word or deed? Have I been guilty of fighting, anger, hatred, revenge, or drunkenness? Did I refuse to speak to others? to forgive them? Did I use provoking language?

  6. and 9. Did I take pleasure in impure thoughts or desires? Say impure things? Listen to impure conversations? Did I touch others or let others touch me in an impure manner? Commit an impure act alone or with others? Want to look at impure things or pictures? Go to bad places? movies that were bad? Read bad books? Go with impure companions? Teach others to commit sins of impurity?

  7. and 10. Have I stolen anything? If so, of what value, and did I return the stolen goods? Have I been unjust in buying or selling? Have I damaged the property of others? accepted or kept stolen goods? paid my just debts as soon as possible? Has my daily work merited its pay check? Have I desired to steal anything or to damage my neighbor's property?

  8. Did I tell lies? Have I been guilty of rash judgment (believing something harmful to another's character without sufficient reason)? detraction (without a good reason, making known the hidden faults of another)? calumny (by lying, injuring the good name of another)?



The Precepts of the Church
  • Have I confessed my sins once a year? If not, how long is it since my last worthy confession? Have I received Holy Communion during Easter time?

  • Have I fasted according to my ability when obliged to do so by the Church?

  • Have I abstained from flesh-meat on the appointed days?

  • Have I contributed as well as I can to the support of the Church?

  • Have I attempted to contract marriage without the presence of a priest?

  • If there anything else of which my conscience feels guilty?



Sins Against the Holy Spirit
  1. Presuming to gain salvation without meriting it.

  2. Despair of salvation.

  3. Resisting truths which have been made known to us.

  4. Envy of another's spiritual good.

  5. Stubbornness in sin.

  6. Final obstinacy in one's sins.



Seven Deadly Sins
  1. Pride: An unrestrained appreciation of our own worth.

  2. Avarice or Greed: An immoderate desire for earthly goods.

  3. Lust: A hankering after impure pleasures.

  4. Anger: An inordinate desire for revenge.

  5. Gluttony: An unrestrained use of food and drink.

  6. Envy: Sorrow over the good fortune of our neighbor.

  7. Sloth: Laziness to do right, or carelessness to do right and to practice virtue because of the trouble attached to it.



Sins Crying to Heaven for Vengeance
  • Wilful murder
  • Sodomy
  • Oppression of the poor
  • Cheating laborers of their just wages



Nine Ways of Aiding Another in Sin
  1. Counseling or advising another to sin.

  2. Commanding another to sin.

  3. Provoking another to sin.

  4. Consenting to another's sin.

  5. Showing another how to sin.

  6. Praising another's sin.

  7. Concealing, remaining silent about, doing nothing to prevent another's sin.

  8. Taking part in, or enjoying the results of another's sin.

  9. Defending another's sin.

Activity Source: Our Christian Home by Rev. Joseph A. Fischer, Seraphic Press, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1954



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I thought this list was quite thorough. Opinions, anyone?
1 posted on 03/05/2005 9:39:04 AM PST by Salvation
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A supplement and some prayers for Reconciliation [Confession]:

An Examination of Conscience

Prayer Before Confession

O Lord, grant me light to see myself as Thou dost see me and the grace to be truly and efficaciously contrite for my sins. O Mary, help me to make a good confession.

Preliminary

Besides telling the nature of our sins, we must also recollect, as far as possible, the number of times we have committed them, telling also (and only) those circumstances which at times may either make a venial 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 failing to examine my conscience carefully?
  3. Have I failed to perform the penance given me by the confessor or disobeyed any of his directions?
  4. Have I neglected the Easter duty of receiving Holy Communion or failed to confess my sins within a year?
  5. Have I any HABITS of serious sin to confess first (impurity, drunkenness, etc.)?

First Commandment

  1. Am I ignorant of my catechism (Act of Contrition, Apostle's Creed, Ten Commandments, Seven Sacraments, the Our Father)?
  2. Have I willfully doubted or denied any of the teachings of the Church (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 Commandment

  1. Have I used God's name in vain by way of profanity?
  2. Have I murmured or complained against God (blasphemy)?
  3. Have I maligned priests or others consecrated to God?
  4. Have I sworn by God's name (oath) either falsely or rashly?
  5. Have I broken any private vow?

Third Commandment

  1. Have I missed Mass on Sundays or holydays through my own fault?
  2. Have I been late for Mass through my own negligence?
  3. Have I been inattentive at Mass or otherwise failed in reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament?
  4. Have I done unnecessary servile work (physical labor) or shopping on Sunday?

Fourth Commandment

  1. Have I been disrespectful to my parents or neglected them?
  2. Have I failed in obedience or reverence to others in authority?
  3. Have I mistreated my wife or children?
  4. Have I been disobedient or disrespectful to my husband?
  5. Regarding my children:
    • Have I neglected their material needs?
    • Have I failed to care for their early Baptism or their proper religious instruction?
    • Have I allowed them to neglect their religious duties?
    • Have I otherwise failed to discipline them?
    • Have I given bad them example?
    • Have I interfered with their freedom to marry or follow a religious vocation?

Fifth & Eighth Commandments

  1. Have I quarreled with any one?
  2. Have I cursed anyone or otherwise wished evil on him?
  3. Have I taken pleasure in anyone's misfortune?
  4. Is there anyone to whom I refuse to speak or be reconciled?
  5. Have I lied about anyone (calumny)?
  6. Have I rash judged anyone of a serious sin?
  7. Have I engaged in gossip (detraction) or spread scandal?
  8. Have I lent an ear to scandal about my neighbor?
  9. Have I been jealous or envious of anyone?

Sixth & Ninth

  1. Have I denied my spouse his or her marriage rights?
  2. Have I practiced birth control?
  3. Have I abused my marriage rights in any other way?
  4. Have I committed adultery or fornication?
  5. Have I touched or embraced another impurely?
  6. Have I sinned with others of the same sex?
  7. Have I committed masturbation or otherwise sinned impurely with myself?
  8. Have I harbored lustful desires for anyone?
  9. Have I indulged in other impure thoughts?
  10. Have I failed to dress modestly?
  11. Have I done anything to provoke or occasion impure thoughts in others?
  12. Have I read indecent literature or looked at indecent pictures?
  13. Have I watched suggestive films or programs?
  14. Have I permitted my children or others under my charge to do these things?
  15. Have I used indecent language or told indecent stories?
  16. Have I willingly listened to such stories?
  17. Have I boasted of my sins?
  18. Have I sinned against chastity in any other way?

Seventh & Tenth Commandments

  1. Have I stolen anything?
  2. Have I damaged anyone's property through my own fault?
  3. Have I cheated or defrauded other?
  4. Have I refused or neglected to pay any debts?
  5. Have I neglected my duties or been slothful in my work?
  6. Have I refused or neglected to help anyone in urgent necessity?
  7. Have I failed to make restitution?

OTHER SINS

  1. Have I knowingly caused others to sin?
  2. Have I cooperated in the sins of others?
  3. Have I sinned by gluttony?
  4. Have I become intoxicated?
  5. Have I used narcotics?
  6. Have I been motivated by avarice?
  7. Have I indulged in boasting or vainglory?
  8. Have I received Holy Communion or another sacrament in the state of mortal sin?
  9. Is there any other sin I need to confess?

Prayer for a Good Confession

O my God, by my grievous sins I have re-crucified Thy divine Son to myself and have deserved Thy everlasting wrath in the fires of hell. Even more, I have been most ungrateful by my sins to Thee, my Heavenly Father, Who have created me out of nothing, redeemed me by Thy Son, and sanctified me in the sacraments by Thy Holy Spirit. But Thou hast spared me to make this confession. Receive me back as Thy prodigal son and grant me to confess myself well, that I may begin anew to love Thee with my whole heart and soul, henceforth keeping Thy Commandments and suffering patiently whatever temporal punishment for my sins may remain. I hope by Thy goodness and power to obtain everlasting life in paradise. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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2 posted on 03/05/2005 9:42:24 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Catholic Discussion Ping!

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3 posted on 03/05/2005 10:00:22 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Seven Heresies

Saint Athanasius Said: "Heresy Is Developed Untruth"

1. Pentecostalism
(Claims of this movement) Ability of Interpretation of the Bible, Baptism of the Spirit, Gift of Prophecy, Gift of Tongues, Healing Power, Involvement in Sensitivity, Experiences, Power of Discernment

2. Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Abortion
Abuse of Others, Against Procreation, Egoism, Idolatry, Impurity, Lack of Self-Discipline, Murder, Possessiveness, Pride, Selfishness, Stealing, (Dignity, Life, Will of Others)

3. Promiscuity
Alcoholism, Drugs, Gluttony, Greed, Immodest Dress, Impurity, Indiscriminate Action, Lust, Nudity, Permissiveness, Pornography, Possessiveness, Self-Obsession.

4. Communism
Atheism, Deception, Dictatorship, Enslavement, Idolatry, Materialism, Monopoly, Pride, Socialism, Total Power.

5. Organized Crime
Abortion, Corporate Espionage, Corruption, Drugs, Extortion, Mafia, Monopoly, Murder, Political Espionage, Pornography, Prostitution, Secret Organizations, Slavery, Stealing, Violence.

6. Satanic Movement "Motivating force behind all heresies"
Black Mass Cults, Desecration of Holy Eucharist, and Sacramentals Idolatry, Secret Organizations, Witchcraft.

7. Hypocrisy
Deceit, Double Standards, Ecclesiastical, and Political Injustices, Ecclesiastical Infiltration of Insubordinate, (Unruly Behavior) Factions.

 

4 posted on 03/05/2005 12:29:55 PM PST by Smartass (BUSH & CHENEY to 2008 Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió)
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To: Salvation

Bump & saved to the hard drive to be printed out.


5 posted on 03/05/2005 12:47:54 PM PST by Desdemona
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To: Salvation; american colleen; Lady In Blue; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
The information you printed has been granted an Imprimatur .... can't get much better than that. Here is another excellent resource, compliments of Sandyeggo's parish of St. Ephrem.

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"On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you !"... And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." (John 20:19-24)

In those words, Jesus Christ ordains the sacrament of Repentance meaning that he bestows on the disciples and their descendants who are the bishops who committed to the priests the power of: "forgiveness of the sins of the repentant confessors intending the loyalty who lost by the sin what they got from the goodness because of God and his grace in the baptism", and each believer has to confess his sins to the priest in order to get the forgiveness. The power of deliverance and holding which by its power "whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loosen on earth will be loosed in heaven", (Matthew 18:18) overpass the power of humanity because no one "can forgive sins but God alone". (Mark 2:7). And the disciples and their descendants couldn't have it without the one who "has authority on earth to forgive sins..." (Mark 2:10).

Because the priest cannot forgive the sins except in the name of God and his power, so the christian who confesses to him doesn't confess to a human; he might be a sinner and he is not allowed to ascend the secret thoughts of the conscious but he confesses to God through his representative and to him open his heart and entreat forgiveness.

Condition of his Acceptance

The supports of the sacrament of repentance are deliverance of the priest and the acts of the repentant that are three:

1. The first one is the contrition which requires that the repentant feels heartily sorry from a disobedience he committed intending not to do it again in the future.

2. The second one is the tongue's confession which requires that the confessor has to avow to the priest a total confession in every preserved sin.

3. The third one is the atonement of the offense according to the priest's belief and supported especially by prayer, fasting and the truth.

 

So, the christian sinner has to examine his conscience:

  • First, to remember the nature of his sins, by asking the Holy Spirit "To Lighten his Darkness." (Psalm 17:29)
  • Second, to regret his sins because the sin is an insult to God which caused the death of his son on the cross, or at least it forbids the soul from Heaven and makes it deserving Hell.
  • Third, to intend from his heart and by trusting God's aid, not to sin again in the future, and to compensate for every sin that can be compensated for, like stealing, and to prevent any chance to sin again.
  • Fourth, to confess to the priest his sins in detail - kind, number and facts which might change their types, without concealing anyone of them, because intended concealment makes the sacrament false (or useless), while forgetting does not forbid the influence of the sacrament; and sinner's duty is to compensate for it after all that the confessor will be able to judge in the case of the soul and to guide her to the best way to prevent the bad and to grow up in perfection.
  • Fifth, to pay back what the confessor asks the sinner to compensate for his sins (The Law).

And obviously, the real repentance including all the sins is important to get the pardon because God does not forgive whose heart is still far from him and attached to the sin.

Testimony of the Repentance

After becoming mature, every believer, man or woman, has to confess to a confirmed priest, even if he was the server of the mission or not, will all his sins, at least once a year, during the forty days of Lent. And he has to pay back the expiation he owed as much as he can and to take with respect the Eucharist at least during Easter... or he will be forbidden to go into the church during his life, and will be denied the christian burial when he is deceased.

(The Lebanese Council: Sacrament of Repentance)

This is a testimony, that every christian if he failed in the deadly sin, has to move in his heart the feeling of regret and to hasten to accept the forgiveness, in order not to be forbidden God's love and deserve his works, and not risk himself to die in the sin.

  • Abortion.
  • Adultery.
  • All use of illegal drugs.
  • Any dealing with occult, IE. Ouija boards.
  • Artificial Birth Control.
  • Blasphemy: disrespect toward God or toward his Holy Name.
  • Breaking promises deliberately.
  • Bringing dishonor to family, school, community, or the church.
  • Calumny: telling lies about another.
  • Despair: To believe that God will refuse to forgive you.
  • Destruction of other people's property.
  • Detraction: Telling an unkind truth about another.
  • Disobedience toward parents / teachers.
  • Drunkenness, including any drinking under the age of 21.
  • Excessive materialism.
  • Gluttony: eating or drinking to excess.
  • Gossip: talking about others.
  • Hatred.
  • Homosexual actions.
  • Impure thoughts.
  • Indifference to good or evil.
  • Ingratitude.
  • Intentional violation of school rules.
  • Jealousy.
  • Laziness.
  • Lying.
  • Malice: The deliberate choice of evil.
  • Masturbation: impure actions with yourself.
  • Missing Mass on any Sunday or Holyday.
  • Murder.
  • Not praying everyday.
  • Premarital sex, including oral sex, intercourse, impure touching of another.
  • Presumption: sinning and saying God MUST forgive me.
  • Pride.
  • Prostitution.
  • Reckless driving that endangers you, passengers, or others.
  • Rudeness.
  • Selfishness.
  • Stealing.
  • Superstition.
  • Unjustified anger.
  • Using others for your own personal gain.
  • Watching or looking at pornographic material.


6 posted on 03/05/2005 1:34:14 PM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: Salvation; Religion Moderator
Have I maligned priests or others consecrated to God?

This one bears repeating ;-D (just thought the Mod might find that interesting).

7 posted on 03/05/2005 1:38:43 PM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: Salvation; GatorGirl; maryz; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; livius; ...
Penitential Ping!
8 posted on 03/05/2005 1:43:26 PM PST by narses (St James the Moor-slayer, Pray for us! +)
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To: Salvation
Thanks, great post, very useful...Just came back from Confession.

I wonder if any priest ever reminded people in the bingo hall about the first commandment.

...Did I make use of superstitious practices; such as believing in dreams, and charms, and the like?
9 posted on 03/05/2005 2:06:23 PM PST by Coleus (STOPP Planned Parenthood http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/892053/posts)
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To: Coleus
I wonder if any priest ever reminded people in the bingo hall about the first commandment.

Lol! Haven't seen a Bingo Hall at a Catholic Church in years. Bingo Halls and Bazaars have now been replaced with Garage Sales, Craft Fairs and, as was the case last year in my parish, 'Cow Patty Bingo' .... can you say "moooooo"?

10 posted on 03/05/2005 2:22:44 PM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer
'Cow Patty Bingo' .... can you say "moooooo"? >>

Mooo...

We still have them here, I used to call bingo, these people were so superstitious you wouldn't believe it...Many had their good luck charms lined up on the tables and would curse out the priests when they didn't call the right numbers and some were parishioners!
11 posted on 03/05/2005 6:45:02 PM PST by Coleus (Roe v. Wade and Endangered Species Act both passed in 1973, Murder Babies/save trees, birds, algae)
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To: Smartass

Thank you for those. I had not seen them before!


12 posted on 03/05/2005 8:17:22 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Desdemona

Thanks, Desdemona. I thought it was worth putting out here too. Glad you liked it. Things are a little stirred up in St. Louis over the St. Stanislaus thing aren't they?


13 posted on 03/05/2005 8:18:33 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer; sandyeggo

wonderful!


14 posted on 03/05/2005 8:19:22 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

**find that interesting**

VVEERRYY!


15 posted on 03/05/2005 8:20:15 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation; NYer
Nice job!

Another way to examine your conscience is to look at your life in terms of the Virtues.

Theological Virtues:

Infused by God into our souls to enable us to live in a relationship with Him. He is their origin, motive and object.

Faith

Believing and accepting God’s truths even those we don’t understand.

Hope

Trusting in God and His promises, thereby possessing the motive for living our supernatural life and persevering in prayer and virtue.

Charity

Loving God above all things for His own sake and loving our neighbor as ourselves for love of God; sacrificing of ourselves for God and mankind – the queen of all virtues.

Human Virtues:

Acquired by education and human effort; the fruit and seed of morally good acts, purified and elevated by divine grace. They guide us in leading a morally good life.

Cardinal virtues:

Virtues around which all others are grouped.

Prudence

Disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it. It guides other virtues; guides judgment of conscience and guides us to do what we must to save souls.

Justice

Constant and firm will to give what’s due to God and our neighbor.

Fortitude

Ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good.

Temperance

Moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods.

Prudence

Astuteness, Caution, Circumspection, Common Sense, Deliberation, Discernment, Industriousness, Initiative, Integrity, Pure Intention, Pure Thought, Responsibility, Right Reason, Sagacity, Wisdom.

Justice

Affability, Authenticity, Care, Compassion, Cooperation, Courtesy, Devotion to Duty, Fairness, Forgiveness, Friendliness, Friendship, Generosity, Goodness, Graciousness, Gratitude, Honesty, Kindness, Love of Neighbor, Loyalty, Mercy, Obedience, Patriotism, Piety, Respect, Reverence, Sincerity, Social Justice, Sympathy, Truthfulness, Understanding, Veracity.

Fortitude

Constancy, Conviction, Courage, Diligence, Faithfulness, Fidelity, Magnanimity, Nobility, Patience, Perseverance, Persistence, Tenacity, Vigilance.

Temperance

Abandonment, Balance, Chastity, Cheerfulness, Detachment, Docility, Flexibility, Humility, Joy, Long Suffering, Meekness, Moderation, Modesty, Optimism, Poverty of Spirit, Purity, Sacrifice, Self-control, Self-denial, Self-discipline, Simplicity, Sobriety.

16 posted on 03/06/2005 4:21:48 AM PST by no more apples (my give-a-damn's busted)
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To: Salvation
Things are a little stirred up in St. Louis over the St. Stanislaus thing aren't they?

Not really. Think mountains and molehills.

17 posted on 03/06/2005 5:50:22 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: no more apples

Exciting list! I totally agree!


18 posted on 03/06/2005 7:42:17 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: NYer

That's a good question. I've often had to ignore my anger for those priest who've told me that what I wanted to confess wasn't a sin. It use to cause my blood to boil. Why would they purposely ignore obvious Church teachings? Were they just lazy? Did they think that they could change the Church from the inside? These weren't "potty words" that I said only after I slammed my finger in a door. These were sins in every biblical definition of the word sin.

To think that I actually have survived their neglect is miraculous when I consider my bad behavior. So, I pray for those priests that would have left my soul weak to plundering vice, rage, and possession.


19 posted on 03/06/2005 10:27:19 AM PST by SaltyJoe ("Social Justice" begins with the unborn child.)
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To: SaltyJoe
To think that I actually have survived their neglect is miraculous when I consider my bad behavior. So, I pray for those priests that would have left my soul weak to plundering vice, rage, and possession.

In a similar manner, I had not been to confession in many years. After being asked to teach a Confirmation class, I realized that it was time to bite the bullet, serve as role model and lead the group into church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Many refused to get on the line so, once again, I lead the way. Suddenly, it was my turn.

Things had changed a lot since the last time I had gone. The pastor brought in several priests to assist and set things up so that some were in confessionals while others sat on chairs in the Sanctuary. I went up to the pastor and began by telling him it had been x years since my last confession. You KNOW how much courage I had summoned up to do this - AND - in front of so many youth. The pastor looked me squarely in the face, grimaced and said "I hope you aren't going to confess x years worth of sins". I glanced over my shoulder expecting that perhaps there was a long line behind me. As it turns out, I was the last person on line.

20 posted on 03/06/2005 12:24:20 PM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: NYer

That's the great thing about confession, it always requires humility for us to actually admit our sins out loud. But that humility is precisely what we need in order to be truly repentent. It's so tempting for me to want to gloss over things that I'm too embarrassed (or proud) to admit that I 've done, but then I remind myself that's there's nothing I can say that the priest hasn't heard a million times.

Congratulations!

You must've felt like a new person afterwards.


21 posted on 03/06/2005 7:27:35 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: NYer

That's the great thing about confession, it always requires humility for us to actually admit our sins out loud. But that humility is precisely what we need in order to be truly repentent. It's so tempting for me to want to gloss over things that I'm too embarrassed (or proud) to admit that I 've done, but then I remind myself that's there's nothing I can say that the priest hasn't heard a million times.

Congratulations!

You must've felt like a new person afterwards.


22 posted on 03/06/2005 7:28:00 PM PST by guinnessman
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Here's a shorter version:

What have I done well today?
(Thank God for that)

What have I done wrong today?
(Say an act of contrition)

What can I do better tomorrow?


23 posted on 03/06/2005 7:33:02 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: NYer

Reconciliation is such a gift of the Lord. Who knows why we have this feeling of not wanting to receive the graces available from this beautiful sacrament.

My new resolution is that I will go to Confession at least two times a month from now until ..................??

It should lead to a much more productive and meaningful (let alone holier) life!


24 posted on 03/06/2005 7:43:15 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: guinnessman

That would work well for someone making a daily Confession! Wonderful habit!


25 posted on 03/06/2005 7:45:05 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Thanks, it's also something you can do every night before bed to reflect on your day and make resolutions for tomorrow.


26 posted on 03/06/2005 7:58:43 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: Salvation

Thanks, it's also something you can do every night before bed to reflect on your day and make resolutions for tomorrow.


27 posted on 03/06/2005 7:59:36 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: guinnessman

For instance, I could make a resolution for tomorrow to stop double-posting :)


28 posted on 03/06/2005 8:01:26 PM PST by guinnessman
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Resources for all those parishes having Reconciliation services and Confessions this week!!!!!


29 posted on 03/08/2005 7:05:07 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Mark P. Shea by Mark P. Shea Bible Study and Truth Tracts Author

Other Articles by Mark P. Shea
Contact this Author
An Examination of Conscience for Parents
3/9/2005


Many Catholics are intimidated by an "examination of conscience."

In This Article...
Confession is for Liberation!
Putting God First
A High Standard

Confession is for Liberation!

But nothing we confess will shock Jesus since He's already perfectly aware of what makes us tick. Rather, Jesus wants us to know what is there in our souls so He can bring us to life, freedom, and healing. The sacrament of reconciliation is to liberate you, not to burden you. So with that in mind, let's consider the possibility of making a confession specifically with our life as parents in mind. To do so, one useful standard is the Ten Commandments.

Putting God First

First Commandment (You shall have no other gods before Me.)

Have I just flat not cared about God in my everyday life — worshipping TV, or work or power or sex by spending all my real time and energy on them? Do I worship my spouse or my kids more than God, putting them before my obedience to Him? Have I rejected the teachings of Jesus and His Church because they were inconvenient to what I wanted to do or because my spouse or kids will complain? Have I practiced any superstitions (horoscopes, fortune tellers, etc.) or gone along with letting my kids do such "harmless" things because their friends do it?

Second Commandment (You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.)

Have I used God's name in vain by way of profanity — which is to say, "Have I talked as though He didn't even exist?" This, of course, includes swearing and taking God's name lightly, but even more profoundly, it involves using the Name of God or Jesus as guarantor for lies, false promises, or sins. Have I taught my children to say things like "Swear to God! I'd love to come to your party but I've got homework tonight!" when really they have other plans?

Third Commandment (Honor the Sabbath.)

Have I neglected my home and family duties by deliberately being a wage-slave and choosing to work on Sunday when I didn't have to? Have I neglected to make myself free to love my family and take time to rest? Have I been lazy, neglectful, or willfully distracted during my prayers or at Mass? Have I capitulated to children who can't be bothered to go to Mass and let them stay home? Have I skipped Mass to please my spouse? Have I ordered my children to go to Mass while not bothering to go myself?

A High Standard

Fourth Commandment (Honor your father and mother.)

Have I indulged my children's willful disobedience and disrespect to their parents, teachers, employers, or other superiors? Have I been unjust and unkind to those over whom I have authority? Have I taught my children thereby to abuse their power over others? For divorced parents, have you taught your children to treat your former spouse with respect or contempt?

Fifth & Eighth Commandments (You shall not kill./You shall not bear false witness.)

Inside the Passion of the ChristHave I ever had an abortion or played a part in procuring an abortion? Have I quarreled with or willfully hurt my spouse or children? Have I cursed anyone or otherwise wished evil on somebody? Have I taken pleasure in anyone's misfortune? Have I refused to forgive anyone? Have I been guilty of cruelty, mental or physical, toward anyone? Have I lied about, rashly judged, gossiped or listened to gossip about anyone? Have I taught my children to lie to protect "the family honor"? Have I "told the truth" about somebody's negative qualities but neglected to mention their positive ones? Have I taught my children, by example, to nourish a grudge?

Sixth & Ninth (You shall not commit adultery./You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.)

Have I taught my children to uncritically accept the promiscuous morals beamed at them through TV, music and film? Have I allowed the media to form their view of sexuality instead of letting the Holy Spirit do it through the teaching of the Church? Have I encouraged the notion that lust (that is, the reduction of persons to objects and the exaltation of physical desire over love) is no big deal? Have I encouraged my children to foster lust in their peers by immodest clothing?

Seventh & Tenth Commandments (You shall not steal./ You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.)

Have I stolen or destroyed anything belonging to somebody else (including accepting stolen goods)? Do I download music I haven't paid for from the Internet or wink when my kids do it? Do I teach my kids that cheating or defrauding others is "savvy business"? Have I refused or neglected to pay any debts or snitched money from family members without telling them? Have I neglected my duties or been slothful in my work? Have I encouraged my kids to define themselves by their possessions and to foster a sense of envy of others' possessions?


Mark Shea is Senior Content Editor for Catholic Exchange. You may visit his website at
www.mark-shea.com check out his blog, Catholic and Enjoying It!, or purchase his books and tapes here.


30 posted on 03/09/2005 5:06:19 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

Was just going to add this to the thread, glad I looked first.


31 posted on 03/09/2005 9:31:31 PM PST by Coleus (God gave us the right to life and self preservation and a right to defend ourselves and families)
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CONFESSION GUIDE FOR ADULTS

CONFESSION GUIDE FOR CHILDREN

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

  1. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.
    -Do I give God time every day in prayer?
    -Do I seek to love Him with my whole heart?
    -Have I been involved with superstitious practices or have I been involved with the occult?
    -Do I seek to surrender myself to God's word as taught by the Church?
    -Have I ever received communion in the state of mortal sin?
    -Have I ever deliberately told a lie in Confession or have I withheld a mortal sin from the priest in Confession?
    -Are there other "gods" in my life? Money, Security, Power, People, etc.?
     

  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
    -Have I used God's name in vain: lightly or carelessly?
    -Have I been angry with God?
    -Have I wished evil upon any other person?
    -Have I insulted a sacred person or abused a sacred object?
     

  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.
    -Have I deliberately missed Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation?
    -Have I tried to observe Sunday as a family day and a day of rest?
    -Do I do needless work on Sunday?
     

  4. Honor your father and your mother.
    -Do I honor and obey my parents?
    -Have I neglected my duties to my spouse and children?
    -Have I given my family good religious example?
    -Do I try to bring peace into my home life?
    -Do I care for my aged and infirm relatives?
     

  5. You shall not kill.
    -Have I had an abortion or encouraged or helped anyone to have an abortion?
    -Have I physically harmed anyone?
    -Have I abused alcohol or drugs?
    -Did I give scandal to anyone, thereby leading him or her into sin?
    -Have I been angry or resentful?
    -Have I harbored hatred in my heart?
    -Have I mutilated myself through any form of sterilization?
    -Have I encouraged or condoned sterilization?
    -Have I engaged, in any way, in sins against human life such as artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization?
    -Have I participated in or approved of euthanasia?
     

  6. You shall not commit adultery.
    -Have I been faithful to my marriage vows in thought and action?
    -Have I engaged in any sexual activity outside of marriage?
    -Have I used any method of contraception or artificial birth control in my marriage?
    -Has each sexual act in my marriage been open to the transmission of new life?
    -Have I been guilty of masturbation?
    -Do I seek to control my thoughts and imaginations?
    -Have I respected all members of the opposite sex, or have I thought of other people as mere objects?
    -Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?
    -Do I seek to be chaste in my thoughts, words, actions?
    -Am I careful to dress modestly?
     

  7. You shall not steal.
    -Have I stolen what is not mine?
    -Have I returned or made restitution for what I have stolen?
    -Do I waste time at work, school, and home?
    -Do I gamble excessively, thereby denying my family of their needs?
    -Do I pay my debts promptly?
    -Do I seek to share what I have with the poor?
    -Have I cheated anyone out of what is justly theirs, for example creditors, insurance companies, big corporations?
     

  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
    -Have I lied? Have I gossiped?
    -Do I speak badly of others behind their back?
    -Am I sincere in my dealings with others?
    -Am I critical, negative or uncharitable in my thoughts of others?
    -Do I keep secret what should be kept confidential?
    -Have I injured the reputation of others by slanders?
     

  9. You shall not desire your neighbor's wife.
    -Have I consented to impure thoughts?
    -Have I caused them by impure reading, movies, television, conversation or curiosity?
    -Do I pray at once to banish impure thoughts and temptations?
    -Have I behaved in an inappropriate way with members of the opposite sex: flirting, being superficial, etc.?
     

  10. You shall not desire your neighbor's goods.
    -Am I jealous of what other people have?
    -Do I envy the families or possessions of others?
    -Am I greedy or selfish?
    -Are material possessions the purpose of my life?

 

A GUIDE TO CONFESSION

How to go to Confession

  1. You always have the option to go to confession anonymously, that is, behind a screen or face to face, if you so desire.
     

  2. After the priest greets you in the name of Christ, make the sign of the cross. He may choose to recite a reading from Scripture, after which you say: "Bless me Father for I have sinned. It has been (state how long) since my last confession. These are my sins."
     

  3. Tell your sins simply and honestly to the priest. You might even want to discuss the circumstances and the root causes of your sins and asks the priest for advice or direction.
     

  4. Listen to the advice the priest gives you and accept the penance from him. Then make an Act of Contrition for your sins.
     

  5. The priest will then dismiss you with the words of praise: "Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. You respond: "For His mercy endures forever." The priest will then conclude with: "The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace." And you respond by saying: "Thanks be to God."
     

  6. Spend some time with Our Lord thanking and praising Him for the gift of His mercy. Try to perform your penance as soon as possible.


PRAYER BEFORE CONFESSION

O most merciful God! Prostrate at your feet, I implore your forgiveness. I sincerely desire to leave all my evil ways and to confess my sins with all sincerity to you and to your priest. I am a sinner, have mercy on me, O Lord. Give me a lively faith and a firm hope in the Passion of my Redeemer. Give me, for your mercy's sake a sorrow for having offended so good a God.
Mary, my mother, refuge of sinners, prays for me that I may make a good confession. Amen.

 

 


AN ACT OF CONTRITION

Oh my God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong
And failing to do good,
I have sinned against you
whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance,
to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ
suffered and died for us.
In His name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

 


32 posted on 03/15/2005 7:53:03 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Bumping for all who are going to Confession this week. Warning -- there probably will NOT be Confessions on Holy Saturday!! (At least in the evening.)


33 posted on 03/22/2005 7:30:48 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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The Sacrament of Penance and the Easter Duty
One of the duties of a Catholic is to fulfill the six Precepts of the Church, the positive laws which are "meant to guarantee to the faithful the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2041). Two of these precepts directly relate to the upcoming Easter season. The third precept is "You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season." This is tied in with the second precept to "confess your sins at least once a year." If we want to receive Jesus worthily in Holy Communion during the Easter, we need to cleanse our souls, especially of any mortal sin through the Sacrament of Penance. Most parishes offer extra confession times for Holy Week, but usually any priest is available on request to hear confession on appointment.



34 posted on 03/23/2005 8:49:07 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Priests as Mediators

by Fr. John De Celles

Other Articles by Fr. John De Celles
Priests as Mediators
12/3/05


People often wonder why Catholics have to go to a priest to be forgiven their sins. Some point out that St. Paul tells us that Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Tm 2:5).

But while Jesus is the only way to the Father and the only Mediator, Scripture makes it very clear that God calls other human beings to participate in this mediation. From the very beginning of God's revelation to Israel 3,700 years ago, God has chosen individual human beings — people like Abraham, Moses and the prophets — to communicate, or mediate, His will to the world. And in today's Gospel text, St. Mark reminds us that God sent St. John the Baptist to act as a mediator between Jesus and the Jews.

Why does God send mediators, both before and after Jesus? Advent is a season of preparation for celebrating Jesus’ coming into the world at Christmas. At the heart of this mystery is the fact that God became man to communicate clearly and completely through His human body and with human words. But Jesus took His body with Him when He ascended into heaven, while our bodies — the bodies of Christians — are still here. And Jesus continues to send us to mediate through the body, through speaking and hearing His word, and through the holy symbols we see and touch, especially the sacraments.

The Gospel tells us that 2,000 years ago, St. John the Baptist proclaimed "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." And in response Scripture says: "People...were going out to [John]...as they acknowledged their sins." Today, we do exactly the same thing as we go to the sacrament of penance and acknowledge, or confess, our sins before God’s chosen mediators — the priests of the Church. And when we hear those mediators say "I absolve you from your sins" we can hear in their human voices, not the voice of St. John, but the voice Jesus Himself, who St. John tells us "takes away the sin of the world!" (Jn 1:29).

The mediation of priests is a great gift to the whole Church. But by their baptism "in water and the Holy Spirit," lay Christians are also called to be mediators of Christ in some way. For most serious Christians, Advent is a time when the words of St. John can elicit a very strong response from us: We hear, "prepare the way of the Lord," and part of us shouts, "Yes, Lord."

But most of us don’t go much further than that initial "yes." Sometimes this is because we're afraid of failure, and sometimes it’s because we really don't know how to prepare the way.

If you’re afraid of failure, remember you are only a mediating instrument — you prepare the way only by allowing Jesus to act through you; let Him worry about the final results. Remember that the great mediator of the Messiah, St. John the Baptist, recognized that even his work was incomplete and only an opening for the Lord: "One Who is more powerful is to come after me."

If you just don't know how to prepare Jesus’ way, remember you start by preparing yourself, by accepting the word of God proclaimed by the Baptizer and by the Church: Confess and repent your sins.

Few of us are called to be public mediators like St. John the Baptist or priests. But this Advent the Lord Jesus Christ calls every single Christian to be His mediator to a sinful world by proclaiming, in everything we say and do: "Prepare the way of the Lord...make straight His paths."

Fr. De Celles is Parochial Vicar of St. Michael Parish in Annandale, Virginia.

(This article courtesy of the
Arlington Catholic Herald.)


35 posted on 12/03/2005 4:51:52 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

BTTT for those people attending Reconciliation Services before Christmas.


36 posted on 12/20/2005 5:50:05 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation
Confession pamplet -- How to Make a Good Confession
37 posted on 12/20/2005 5:51:21 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Smartass

Hope you are doing well.


38 posted on 12/20/2005 5:55:44 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Coleus

Thanks for the bump.


39 posted on 12/21/2005 7:30:49 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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ll thosoe attending a Reconciliation Service tonight.


40 posted on 12/22/2005 4:52:53 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

BTTT as we get nearer to the end of Lent.


41 posted on 03/22/2006 8:00:09 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: nickcarraway; sandyeggo; Siobhan; Lady In Blue; NYer; american colleen; Pyro7480; livius; ...

BTTT on Holy Thursday of 2006!

Penetential Ping!


42 posted on 04/13/2006 7:08:05 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Too thorough. :)


43 posted on 04/13/2006 9:00:11 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham
Where is the mention of obeying the country's laws??? I was taught by the nuns that we must obey laws. Just wondering. This was the only thing I saw pertaining to laws: Intentional violation of school rules.
44 posted on 04/13/2006 12:47:01 PM PDT by notaliberal
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To: Salvation

Excellent... humbling...


45 posted on 04/13/2006 4:11:35 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Never trust Democrats with national security.)
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To: Salvation

bump for later reading and bookmarking


46 posted on 04/13/2006 8:59:47 PM PDT by DaGman
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To: Salvation

bttt


47 posted on 03/09/2007 9:56:10 AM PST by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: diamond6

Thanks for the bump.


48 posted on 03/09/2007 9:58:51 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Smartass

Interesting 'heresies' post. Can you tell me 1) how St. Athanasius is related to this list and 2) where it does come from?

thanks.


49 posted on 03/14/2007 7:26:28 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Smartass

Interesting 'heresies' post. Can you tell me 1) how St. Athanasius is related to this list and 2) where it does come from?

thanks.


50 posted on 03/14/2007 7:26:43 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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