Examination of Conscience

Examination of Conscience


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?
  • Are there other “gods” in my life? Money, success, power, people, etc.

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 another person?
  • Have I insulted a sacred person or abused a sacred object?

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?

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?

You shall not kill.

  • Have I had an abortion or encouraged anyone to have an abortion?
  • Have I physically harmed anyone?
  • Have I abused drugs or alcohol?
  • Do I give scandal to anyone, thereby leading them to 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?

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?
  • 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?
  • Have I told or enjoyed lewd or obscene jokes and stories?
  • Am I careful to dress modestly?

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, 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?

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

  • Have I lied?
  • Have I gossiped?
  • Do I speak badly of others behind their backs?
  • 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?

You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife.

  • Have I consented to impure thoughts?
  • Have I caused impure thoughts by impure reading, movies, conversations or curiosity?
  • Do I pray at once to banish impure thoughts and temptations?

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?