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CONFESSION

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

Confession

Confession

The Sacrament of Confession, which precedes first Holy Communion and may be received as often as necessary throughout one's life, answers Christ's call to individual conversion. Only God can forgive sins, and by His divine authority He entrusted this Sacrament to be exercised in His name by His ministers (see John 20:21-23). This is so beautifully apparent in the formula of absolution used by the Latin Church: 

God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Examination of Conscience for ADULTS

To begin, set aside some quiet time for reflection. Start by praying to the Holy Spirit, asking for help in making a good examination to prepare for Confession. If necessary, take this list or some brief notes (keep them private!) with you to Confession to help you remember what you need to confess. This examination is based on the 10 Commandments and the 5 Precepts of the Church. It is meant to be merely a starting point for your reflection and to help identify patterns of sin in order to repent of them.

 
THE 10 COMMANDMENTS
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2052-2557


I. I am the Lord your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve

II. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

III. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day

IV. Honour your father and your mother

V. You shall not kill

VI. You shall not commit adultery.
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IX. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife
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VII. You shall not steal.
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X. You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods

VIII. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour

 

THE FIVE PRECEPTS OF THE CHURCH
Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2042-2043


I. You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labour.

II. You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
Have I . . .

Made a good Confession of my mortal sins atleast once a year?

Purposely omitted telling my mortal sins in my last Confession?

Performed the penance I was given?

Made reparation for any harm I have done to others?

III. You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
Have I . . .

Fulfilled my Easter duty to receive Holy Communion at least once during Lent or Easter?

 

IV. You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
Have I . . .

Done penance every Friday (if not abstaining from meat, then some other form of penance)?

Abstained from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent (if I am 14 years of age or older)?

Fasted on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (if I am between the ages of 18 and 59)?

Spent time in prayer, doing spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and practicing self-denial?

 

V. You shall contribute to the support of the Church.
Have I . . .

Tithed regularly?

Contributed a just amount of my time and talents to support my parish and the work of the Church?

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