Daily General Examination of Conscience Based on the Ten Commandments
THE FIRST COMMANDMENT: “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me.”
*]Have I performed my duties toward God reluctantly or grudgingly?
*]Did I neglect my prayer life? Did I recite my usual prayers?
*]Did I receive Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin or without the necessary preparation?
*]Did I violate the one-hour Eucharistic fast?
*]Did I fail to mention some grave sin in my previous confession?
*]Did I seriously believe in something superstitious or engage in a superstitious practice such as palm reading or fortune-telling?
*]Did I seriously doubt a matter of faith?
*]Did I put my faith in danger - without a good reason – by reading a book, pamphlet, or magazine that contains material contrary to Catholic faith or morals?
*]Did I endanger my faith by joining or attending meetings of organizations opposed to the Catholic faith such as non-Catholic services, Freemasonry, New Age cults or other religions? Did I take part in any of its activities?
*]Have I committed the sin of sacrilege such as profanation of a sacred person, place or thing?
THE SECOND COMMANDMENT: “You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.”
*]Did I fail to try my best to fulfill the promises and resolutions that I made to God?
*]Did I take the name of God in vain? Did I make use of God’s name mockingly, jokingly, angrily, or in any other irreverent manner?
*]Did I Make use of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s name or another saint’s name mockingly, jokingly, angrily or in any other irreverent manner?
*]Have I been a sponsor in baptism or participated actively in other ceremonies outside the Catholic Church?
*]Did I tell a lie under oath?
*]Did I break public or private vows?
**THE THIRD COMMANDMENT: **“Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.”
*]Did I miss Mass on a Sunday or a holy day of obligation?
*]Did I fail to dress appropriately for Mass?
*]Have I, without sufficient reason, arrived at Mass so late that I failed to fulfill the Sunday or holy day of obligation?
*]Did I allow myself to be distracted during Mass, by not paying attention, by looking around out of curiosity, etc?
*]Did I cause another to be distracted at Mass?
*]Have I performed any work or business activity that would inhibit the worship due to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, or the appropriate relaxation of mind and the body, on a Sunday or a holy day of obligation?
*]Did I fail to generously help the church in her necessities to the extent that I am able?
*]Did I fail to fast or abstain on a day prescribed by the Church?
THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT: “Honor your father and your mother.”
*]Have I neglected to teach my children their prayers, send then to church or give them a Christian education?
*]Have I given them a bad example?
*]Have I neglected to watch over my children, to monitor their companions, the books they read, the movies and TV shows they watch?
*]Have I failed to see to it that my child made his first confession and first communion?
*]Have I failed to see to it that my children have received the sacrament of confirmation?
*]Was I disobedient toward my parents?
*]Did I neglect to help my parents when my help was needed?
*]Did I treat my parents with little affection or respect?
*]Did I react proudly when I was corrected by my parents?
*]Did I have a disordered desire for independence?
*]Did I do my chores?
For adults with parents:
*]Have I supported my parents in times of need to the extent that I am able?
*]Have I ensured that my parents are adequately cared for in terms of food, clothing and shelter?
*]Have I spoken to my parents respectfully and been tolerant of their shortcomings?
*]Have I listened to their advice patiently and humbly, with an eye toward learning from their experience?
*]Have I made an effort to visit my parents and to allow them time to visit with grandchildren?