I love lists that help us examine our conscience, especially in preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I personally find it very helpful. The first time I saw a list like that, I was surprised to learn of things I never really thought were sins before. A good examination of conscience helps me to be a better Christian.
Two of our sons will be participating in the Sacrament of Reconciliation tomorrow at school. I wanted them to have some time tonight to reflect on their conscience and on God, but at their ages, I knew they'd need some help. I found this examination of conscience for kids online, and thought I'd share it here. In these easy to follow and easy to understand questions, I find it's a good source for anyone of any age. It's from Catholic Parents Online website and written by Fr. Edward Filardi. You can find it at this link: http://catholicparents.org/oxcart/examinationchild.html .
God bless, and may we all receive His mercy.
An Examination of Conscience for
by Fr. Edward Filardi, Gaithersburg,
I. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before
Do I give time every day to God in prayer?
Do I put my trust
in superstitions, good luck charms, rather than God alone?
Have I rejected
any Church teaching or denied that I was a Catholic?
II. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in
Have I used the words "God" or "Jesus" in anger or
Have I used foul or ugly language? Have I wished evil on
III. Remember to keep holy the Lord's day.
Have I missed
Mass on Sunday or any holy day of obligation?
Do I arrive at church late or
Do I try to be reverent and pay attention during Mass?
avoid unnecessary work on Sunday?
Do I make Sunday a day of prayer or rest?
IV. Honor your father and your mother.
Do I respect and obey
Have I dishonored or mistreated them by word or deed?
willing to help around the house or must I be nagged a hundred times?
try to get along with my brothers and sisters?
Am I a tattletale or
Do I give a good example, especially to younger siblings?
respect others in authority: priests, nuns, police, old people, baby-sitters?
V. You shall not kill.
Do I beat up others or hurt their
Do I say cruel things, or make fun of others to hurt their
Do I say mean things about others behind their backs?
stopped speaking to anyone?
Do I encourage others to do bad things?
try to love all people, born and unborn?
VI. You shall not commit adultery.
Do I treat my body and
other people's bodies with purity and respect?
Do I look at television shows,
movies, or pictures that are bad?
Am I modest in my speech and the clothes I
VII. You shall not steal.
Have I taken things that were not
mine from a store or another person?
Have I destroyed or misused another
person's property for fun?
Do I return things that I borrow? In good
VIII. You shall not commit false witness against your
Am I honest in my school work?
Do I tell lies to make
myself look good?
Do I tell lies to protect myself from punishment?
tell lies that make another person look bad or get them in trouble?
IX. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
Do I allow my
parents to spend time with one another, or do I get jealous and want them to pay
attention only to me?
Do I get mad when I have to share my friends?
there kids I will not play with or be mean to because they look different?
X. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
Am I jealous
or envious of the things or abilities that others have?
Am I thankful to God
and my parents for what they have given me?
Do I share the things I have with
my family, friends and poor people?
The Act of Contrition
Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for
having offended you and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of heaven
and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are
all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve with the help of your
grace to sin no more, to amend my life, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.