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Confession - Examination of Conscience

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In preparing for the Sacrament of Confession, it is imperative that you undertake an "Examination of Conscience" so that you really think about your thoughts, words and actions.  Are you acting against God's will?  Are you not doing what he wants you to do?

To make the Examination of Consience, the following questions, based on the two Great Commandments, are intended to guide you.

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.”

  • Do I love God will all my heart?
  • Do I put God first and foremost in my life?
  • Do I obey God’s commandments, as a son should love and obey his father?
  • Do I pray every day?
  • Do I go to church every week?
  • Do I read the Bible?
  • Do I offer God my time, my talent and my treasure?
  • Do I try to seek God’s will in my life?
  • Do I trust in God’s loving care for me?
  • What would God ask of me this day?
  • Am I willing to “ANSWER THE CALL?”

Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

  • Am I loving and patient with my family-my spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters?
  • Am I loving and respectful to my fellow workers, neighbors and parishoners?
  • Am I loving to myself and take good care of myself? Do I forgive myself?
  • Am I faithful to my marriage vows? Am I chaste in thought, word and deed?
  • Am I avoiding immoral situations, relations and temptations?
  • Am I kind to others in word and deed? Do I refuse to gossip about others?
  • Am I free of prejudice? Do I refuse to unfairly judge or condemn others?
  • Am I loving and forgiving to those who offend me, or are difficult to love?
  • Am I guided by good morals and ethics in my work and in all areas of my life?
  • Am I helpful to the poor, the elderly, and the needy?

After making this Examination, you will be more prepared to go to the Sacrament of Confession.  

Also, remember that, at the end of the Sacrament, you will need to be prepared to make an Act of Contrition, such as the following:

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and detest all my sins, be-cause of Your just punishments, 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 confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

 

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Catholic Men’s Spring Fellowship
What’s Your Story?

Saturday, March 17th, 2012
St. Michaels Hall, Fort Loramie, Ohio
8:00am-3:30pm
Doors open 7:30am

Day includes breakfast, lunch, reconciliation and Eucharist