Examination Of Conscience for Adults (2022)

I believe in a loving Savior Who forgives my sins and Who gives me the grace to become a saint. Jesus Christ, through the ministry of His priests, does both in the Sacrament of Penance.

“As the Father hath sent Me, I also send you … Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (John 20:21-23)

“If your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow.” (Isaiah 1:18)

“I am not come to call the just, but sinners.” (Matt. 9:13)

(Video) A Guided Examination of Conscience

“Men have received from God a power not granted to angels or archangels. Never was it said to the heavenly spirits, ‘Whatsoever you shall bind and unbind on earth shall be bound and unbound in heaven.’ The princes of this world can only bind and unbind the body. The power of the priest extends further; it reaches the soul, and it is exercised not only in baptizing, but still more in pardoning sins. Let us not blush, then, to confess our faults. He who blushes to discover his sins to a man, and who will not confess, shall be covered with shame on the Day of Judgment in the presence of the whole universe.” (St. John Chrysostom, Treatise on Priests, Bk. 3)

Prayer before Confession: O Lord, grant me light to see myself as Thou dost see me, and the grace to be truly and effectively sorry for my sins. O Mary, help me to make a good confession.

How to Confess: First examine your conscience well, then tell the priest the specific kind of sins you have committed and, to the best of your ability, how many times you have committed them since your last good confession. You are obliged to confess only mortal sins, since you can obtain forgiveness for your venial sins by sacrifices and acts of charity. If you are in doubt about whether a sin is mortal or venial, mention your doubt to the confessor. Remember also, confession of venial sins is very helpful for avoiding sin and advancing toward Heaven.

Necessary conditions for a sin to be mortal:

  1. Serious Matter
  2. Sufficient Reflection
  3. Full Consent of the Will

Preliminary Considerations:

  1. Have I ever deliberately failed to confess a past serious sin, or have I willfully disguised or hidden such a sin?
    Note: The deliberate concealing of a mortal sin invalidates one´s confession and makes the person guilty of another mortal sin. Remember that the confession is private under the Seal of Confession, i.e., it is a mortal sin for the priest to reveal the matter of one´s confession to anyone else.
  2. Have I been guilty of irreverence for this sacrament by failing to examine my conscience carefully?
  3. Have I failed to do the penance given to me by the priest?
  4. Have I any habits of serious sin to confess first (e.g. impurity, drunkenness, etc.)?
First Commandment: I am the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me. (Including sins against Faith, Hope and Charity)
  1. Have I neglected the knowledge of my faith as taught in the catechism, such as the Apostles’ Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Seven Sacraments, the Our Father, etc.?
  2. Have I deliberately doubted or denied any of the teachings of the Church?
  3. Have I taken part in any non-Catholic worship?
  4. Am I a member of any non-Catholic religious organization, secret society or anti-Catholic group?
  5. Have I knowingly read any heretical, blasphemous or anti-Catholic literature?
  6. Have I practiced any superstitions (such as horoscopes, fortune telling, Ouija board, etc.)?
  7. Have I omitted religious duties or practices through motives of human respect?
  8. Have I recommended myself daily to God?
  9. Have I been faithful to my daily prayers?
  10. Have I abused the Sacraments in any way? Received them irreverently, e.g. Communion in the Hand without obeying the principles and the 7 rules promulgated by Paul VI as binding in this matter?
  11. Have I made fun of God, Our Lady, the Saints, the Church, the Sacraments, other holy things?
  12. Have I been guilty of great irreverence in church, e.g., conversation, behavior, or dress?
  13. Have I been indifferent with regard to my Catholic Faith — believing one can be saved in any religion, that all religions are equal?
  14. Have I presumed on God´s mercy at any time?
  15. Have I despaired of God´s mercy?
  16. Have I hated God?
  17. Have I given too much importance to any creature, activity, object or opinion?
Second Commandment: Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
  1. Have I sworn by God’s name falsely, rashly or in slight and trivial matters?
  2. Have I murmured or complained against God (blasphemy)?
  3. Have I cursed myself or others, or any creature?
  4. Have I angered others so as to make them swear or blaspheme God?
  5. Have I broken a vow made to God?
Third Commandment: Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
  1. Have I missed Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of obligation?
  2. Have I been late for Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of obligation or left early through my own fault?
  3. Have I made others miss Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of obligation, leave early or be late for Mass?
  4. Have I been willfully distracted during Mass?
  5. Have I done or commanded unnecessary servile work on Sunday or Holy Days of Obligation?
  6. Have I bought or sold things not of necessity on Sunday and Holy Days of obligation?
Fourth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother.
  1. Have I been disobedient or disrespectful to my parents, or have I neglected or refused to aid them in their wants or to do their last will?
  2. Have I shown irreverence to others in positions of authority?
  3. Have I maligned or insulted priests or others consecrated to God?
  4. Have I failed in due reverence to aged persons?
  5. Have I mistreated my spouse or my children?
  6. Have I been disobedient or disrespectful to my husband?
  7. Regarding my children:
    1. Have I neglected their material needs?
    2. Have I failed to care for their early baptism? *(See below.)
    3. Have I failed to care for their proper religious education?
    4. Have I allowed them to neglect their religious duties?
    5. Have I allowed them to date/go steady without the prospect of marriage within the near future? (St. Alphonsus says 1 year maximum.)
    6. Have I failed to supervise the company they keep?
    7. Have I failed to discipline them when they need it?
    8. Have I given them a bad example?
    9. Have I scandalized them by arguing with my spouse in front of my children?
    10. Have I scandalized them by cursing or swearing in front of them?
    11. Have I guarded modesty in the home?
    12. Have I permitted them to wear immodest clothing (mini skirts; tight pants, dresses, or sweaters; see-through blouses, short-shorts, revealing swim suits, etc.)?†
    13. Have I denied their freedom to marry or follow a religious vocation?

*Infants should be baptized as soon as possible. Apart from particular diocesan prescriptions, it appears to be the general view … that an infant should be baptized within about a week or ten days after birth. Many Catholics defer Baptism for a fortnight or a little over. The view that Baptism should be administered within three days after birth is considered too strict. St. Alphonsus, following common opinion, thought that a delay, without reason, beyond ten or eleven days would be a grievous sin. In view of modern custom, which is known and not corrected by local Ordinaries, a delay beyond a month without reason would be a serious sin. If there is no probable danger to the child, parents cannot be convicted of serious sin if they defer Baptism a little beyond three weeks at the outside, but the practice of having an infant baptized within about a week or ten days of birth is to be strongly commended, and indeed an earlier date may be rightly recommended. — H. Davis, S.J., Moral and Pastoral Theology, Vol. III, pg. 65, Sheed and Ward, New York 1935

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Fifth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill.
  1. Have I procured, desired, or hastened the death or bodily injury of anyone?
  2. Have I borne hatred?
  3. Have I oppressed anyone?
  4. Have I desired revenge?
  5. Have I caused enmity between others?
  6. Have I quarreled or fought with anyone?
  7. Have I wished evil on anyone?
  8. Have I intended or attempted to injure or mistreat others?
  9. Is there anyone with whom I refuse to speak, or against whom I bear a grudge?
  10. Have I taken pleasure in anyone’s misfortunes?
  11. Have I been jealous or envious of anyone?
  12. Have I had or attempted to have an abortion or counseled anyone else to do so?
  13. Have I mutilated my body unnecessarily in any way?
  14. Have I entertained thoughts of suicide, desired to commit suicide or attempted suicide?
  15. Have I become drunk, used illicit drugs?
  16. Have I overeaten or do I neglect to eat properly, i.e., nutritious foods?
  17. Have I failed to correct in Charity?
  18. Have I harmed anyone’s soul, especially children, by giving scandal through bad example?
  19. Have I harmed my own soul by intentionally and without necessity exposing it to temptations, e.g.: bad TV, bad music, beaches, etc.
Sixth and Ninth Commandments: Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor´s wife.
  1. Have I denied my spouse his or her marriage rights?
  2. Have I practiced birth control (by pills, devices, withdrawal)?
  3. Have I abused my marriage rights in any other way?
  4. Have I committed adultery or fornication (premarital sex)?
  5. Have I committed any unnatural sin against purity (homosexuality or lesbianism, etc.)?
  6. Have I touched or embraced another impurely?
  7. Have I engaged in prolonged or passionate kissing?
  8. Have I engaged in petting?
  9. Have I sinned impurely by myself (masturbation)?
  10. Have I entertained or taken pleasure in impure thoughts?
  11. Have I indulged in lustful desires for anyone, or willfully desired to see or do anything impure?
  12. Have I willfully indulged in any sexual pleasure whether complete or incomplete?
  13. Have I been an occasion of sin for others by wearing tight or otherwise revealing and immodest clothing?
  14. Have I done anything to provoke or occasion impure thoughts or desires in others deliberately or through carelessness?
  15. Have I read indecent literature or looked at bad pictures?
  16. Have I watched suggestive movies, TV programs, or Internet pornography or permitted my children to do so?
  17. Have I used indecent language or told indecent stories?
  18. Have I willingly listened to such stories?
  19. Have I boasted of my sins or taken delight in past sins?
  20. Have I been in lewd company?
  21. Have I consented to impure glances?
  22. Have I neglected to control my imagination?
  23. Have I prayed at once to banish such bad thoughts and temptations?
  24. Have I avoided laziness, gluttony, idleness, and the occasions of impurity?
  25. Have I attended immodest dances or indecent plays?
  26. Have I unnecessarily remained alone in the company of someone of the opposite sex?Note Well: Do not be afraid to tell the priest any impure sin you may have committed. Do not hide or try to disguise any such sin. The priest is there to help you and forgive you. Nothing you say will shock him, so do not be afraid, no matter how ashamed you might be.
Seventh and Tenth Commandments: Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor´s goods.
  1. Have I stolen anything? What or how much?
  2. Have I damaged anyone’s property?
  3. Have I negligently spoiled anyone´s property?
  4. Have I been negligent in the stewardship of other people’s money or goods?
  5. Have I cheated or defrauded others?
  6. Have I gambled excessively?
  7. Have I refused or neglected to pay any debts?
  8. Have I acquired anything known to be stolen?
  9. Have I failed to return things borrowed?
  10. Have I cheated my employer of an honest day’s work?
  11. Have I cheated my employees of their wages?
  12. Have I refused or neglected to help anyone in urgent need?
  13. Have I failed to make restitution for my stealing, cheating and frauds? (Ask the priest how to go about making restitution, that is, returning to the owner what you unjustly took from him/her.)
  14. Have I been envious of another because I don´t have what he has?
  15. Have I been jealous of what another has?
  16. Have I been stingy?
  17. Have I been grasping and avaricious, placing too great importance upon material goods and comforts? Is my heart set on earthly possessions or on the true treasures of Heaven?
Eighth Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  1. Have I lied about anyone (calumny)?
  2. Have my lies caused them any material or spiritual harm?
  3. Have I rashly judged anyone (i.e. believed firmly, without sufficient evidence, that they are guilty of some moral defect or crime)?
  4. Have I injured the good name of another by revealing true but hidden faults (detraction)?
  5. Have I disclosed another´s sins?
  6. Have I been guilty of talebearing, (i.e. reporting something unfavorable said of someone by another so as to create enmity between them)?
  7. Have I lent an ear to or encouraged the spreading of scandal about my neighbor?
  8. Have I taken false oaths or signed false documents?
  9. Am I, without necessity, critical, negative or ever uncharitable in my talk?
  10. Have I flattered others?

The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy

Have I neglected to do the following whem circumstances obliged me:

The Seven Spiritual Works of Mercy

1. To admonish sinners. 2. To instruct the ignorant. 3. To counsel the doubtful.
4. To comfort the sorrowful. 5. To bear wrongs patiently. 6. To forgive all injuries. 7. To pray for the living and the dead?

The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy

1. To feed the hungry. 2. To give drink to the thirsty. 3. To clothe the naked.
4. To visit and ransom the captives. 5. To harbor the harborless. 6. To visit the sick. 7. To bury the dead?

Remember our Holy Catholic Faith teaches us that … as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead. (James, 2:26)

The Seven Deadly Sins and the Opposite Virtues

  1. Pride……………………………………………………Humility
  2. Covetousness……………………………………….Liberality
  3. Lust…………………………………………………….Chastity
  4. Anger………………………………………………….Meekness
  5. Gluttony……………………………………………..Temperance
  6. Envy……………………………………………………Brotherly love
  7. Sloth……………………………………………………Diligence

Five Effects of Pride

  1. Vainglory: a. Boasting b. Dissimulation / Duplicity
  2. Ambition
  3. Contempt for others
  4. Anger / Revenge / Resentment
  5. Stubbornness / Obstinacy.

Nine Ways of Being an Accessory to Another´s Sin

a.Have I knowingly caused others to sin?
b.Have I co-operated in the sins of others:

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  1. By counsel.
  2. By command.
  3. By consent.
  4. By provocation.
  5. By praise or flattery.
  6. By concealment.
  7. By partaking.
  8. By silence.
  9. By defense of the ill done?

The Four Sins which Cry to Heaven for Vengeance

  1. Willful Murder.
  2. The sin of Sodomy or Lesbianism.
  3. Oppression of the poor.
  4. Defrauding the laborer of his just wages.

The Six Commandments of the Church

  1. Have I heard Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?
  2. Have I fasted and abstained on the days appointed and have I kept the Eucharistic fast?
  3. Have I confessed at least once a year?
  4. Have I received the Holy Eucharist at least once in the year?
  5. Have I contributed as far as I must to the support of the Church?
  6. Have I observed the laws of the Church concerning Marriage, i.e.: Marriage without a priest present, or marrying a relative or non-Catholic?

The Five Blasphemies Against the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  1. Have I blasphemed against the Immaculate Conception?
  2. Have I blasphemed against Our Lady´s Perpetual Virginity?
  3. Have I blasphemed against Our Lady´s Divine Maternity? Have I failed to recognize Our Lady as the Mother of all men?
  4. Have I publicly sought to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn, or even hatred, of this Immaculate Mother?
  5. Have I outraged Her directly in Her Holy images?

Have I received Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin? (This is a very grave sacrilege.)

St. Anthony Mary Claret´s Examination of Venial Sins

The soul should avoid all venial sins, especially those which pave the way for grave sin. It is not enough, my soul, to have a firm resolve to suffer death rather than consent to any grave sin. It is necessary to have a like resolution to venial sin. He who does not find in himself this will, cannot have security. There is nothing which can give us such a certain security of eternal salvation as an uninterrupted cautiousness to avoid even the lightest venial sin, and a notable, all-extensive earnestness reaching to all practices of the spiritual life — earnestness in prayer, and in dealing with God; earnestness in mortification and self-denial; earnestness in being humble and in accepting contempt; earnestness in obeying and renouncing one’s own self-will; earnest love of God and neighbor. He who wants to gain this earnestness and keep it, must necessarily have the resolve to always avoid especially the following venial sins:

  1. The sin of giving entrance into your heart to any unreasonable suspicion or unfair judgment against your neighbor.
  2. The sin of introducing talk about another’s defects or offending charity in any other way, even lightly.
  3. The sin of omitting out of laziness our spiritual practices or of performing them with voluntary neglect.
  4. The sin of having a disordered affection for somebody.
  5. The sin of having a vain esteem for oneself, or of taking vain satisfaction in things pertaining to us.
  6. The sin of receiving the holy Sacraments in a careless way, with distractions and other irreverences, and without a serious preparation.
  7. . Impatience, resentment, any failure to accept disappointments as coming from God’s Hand; for this puts obstacles in the way of the decrees and dispositions of Divine Providence concerning us.
  8. The sin of giving ourselves an occasion that can even remotely blemish a spotless condition of holy purity.
  9. The fault of advertently hiding from those who ought to learn them, one’s bad inclinations, weaknesses, and mortifications, seeking to pursue the road of virtue not under the direction of obedience, but under the guidance of one’s own whims.Note: This speaks of times when we might have worthy direction if we seek it, but we prefer to follow our own dim lights.

Prayer for a Good Confession

O my God, by my grievous sins I have crucified again Thy Divine Son and made Him a mockery. For this I have deserved Thy wrath and made myself fit for the fires of hell. How ungrateful have I been to Thee as well, my heavenly Father, Who created me out of nothing, redeemed me by the precious Blood of Thy Son and sanctified me by Thy holy sacraments and by the Holy Ghost. But Thou hast spared me by Thy mercy, to make this confession. Receive me back as Thy prodigal son and grant me to confess well, that I may begin anew to love Thee with my whole heart and soul, and henceforth to keep Thy commandments and suffer patiently whatever temporal punishment may remain. I hope by Thy goodness and power to obtain everlasting life in Paradise. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

A Final Note

Remember to confess your sins with supernatural sorrow as well as a firm resolution not to sin again, and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Ask your confessor to help you with any difficulties you have in making a good confession. Say your penance promptly.

An Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. 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 Thee, my God, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen

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How do you make a good confession for adults? ›

Confess your sins to a priest

Begin by making the sign of the cross, saying, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It has been (length of time) since my last confession, and these are my sins.” Then tell the priest all your sins, their type and how often you've committed each one.

What are the 5 Steps to an examination of conscience? ›

5 Steps for a Good Confession
  • Examine your conscience – recall the sins that you have committed since your last good confession.
  • Be sincerely sorry for your sins. ...
  • Confess your sins to the priest.
  • Make certain that you confess all your mortal sins – number/kind.
  • After confession, do the penance assigned.

How specific should you be in confession? ›

Answer: The basic norm for confessing grave sins is that we should be sorry for all of our grave sins without exception. For this reason the Church asks us to confess grave or mortal sins “by number and kind.” This just means “what and how many times” you did what you did.

What counts as a mortal sin? ›

A mortal sin is defined as a grave action that is committed in full knowledge of its gravity and with the full consent of the sinner's will. Such a sin cuts the sinner off from God's sanctifying grace until it is repented, usually in confession with a priest.

What sins Cannot be forgiven in confession? ›

The unpardonable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. Blasphemy includes ridicule and attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to the devil.

What words do you say at confession? ›

This prayer is short and simple: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

What is the first thing you say in confession? ›

Confession begins with the (1) Sign of the Cross and the penitent greeting the priest with the words, (2) “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was ….” (weeks, months, years). The penitent (3) confesses sins to the priest, who stands in the name of Christ and the Church.

What are the 3 requirements of confession? ›

Requirements of a Confession
  • It must be voluntary. ...
  • The confession must be made by the party to be affected by it. ...
  • The confession must be to another person.

What are the 4 types of conscience? ›

Er. Venkatesh K. Havanur
  • Correct conscience.
  • Erroneous conscience.
  • Certain conscience.
  • Doubtful conscience.
  • Lax conscience.
  • Scrupulous conscience.
  • Delicate conscience.
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What is considered an impure thought? ›

Impure or forbidden thoughts include sexual fantasies, violence against others or ourselves, cheating, divorce, rape, and other behaviors that we think of as the worst possible things we could do or have happen to us.

How do you confess your impure thoughts? ›


You may begin by saying: “Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (state length of time) since my last confession. These are my sins.” Then tell your sins, especially any serious sins. The priest will give the necessary advice and assign penance.

Can I bring a list of sins to confession? ›

It's OK to bring in a list: After you've made an examination of conscience, it can sometimes help people if they write down all of the sins they want to confess.

Is it a mortal sin not to go to Church on Sunday? ›

Our Sunday Mass obligation is based on the Third Commandment: “Remember the sabbath day — keep it holy” (Ex 20:8). All of the commandments of God are serious matter, so to deliberately miss Mass on Sunday — without a just reason — would objectively be considered a mortal sin.

What 3 conditions make a mortal sin? ›

Three conditions must together be met for a sin to be mortal: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent." The sin against the Holy Ghost and the sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance are considered especially serious.

Is it a mortal sin not to go to confession once a year? ›

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that one must confess serious sins at least once a year (CCC 1457). One can commit a serious sin without it being a mortal sin.

Are there 3 unforgivable sins? ›

A: There are many sins recounted in the Hebrew Bible but none are ever called unforgivable sins.

What sins will God not forgive Catholic? ›

Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come" (Matthew 12:22-32).

What are the two sins that are unforgivable? ›

Rev. Graham: Only one sin that can't be forgiven is on God's list — and that is the sin of rejecting Him and refusing His offer of forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ. This alone is the unforgivable sin, because it means we are saying that the Holy Spirit's witness about Jesus is a lie (see Luke 12:10).

Can priests tell what is said in confession? ›

Under Roman Catholic law, it is forbidden for a priest to disclose information — under any circumstances — obtained in the form of religious confession. If a priest breaks what's called "the sacred seal of confession," he will be subject to excommunication from the church.

What are examples of sins? ›

The seven 'deadly sins'
  • Sloth. One example of sloth is plagiarism. ...
  • Gluttony. While alcohol and substance abuse issues among students receive much attention, less attention is paid to such problems among faculty, said Franke. ...
  • Lust. ...
  • Greed. ...
  • Pride. ...
  • Envy. ...
  • Wrath.
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What is an example of a good confession? ›

O My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with the help of your grace, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

What prayer do you say before confession? ›

Prayer Before Confession

Come Holy Spirit, into my soul. Enlighten my mind that I may know the sins I ought to confess, and grant me your grace to confess them fully, humbly, and with a contrite heart. Help me to firmly resolve not to commit them again.

Do you say act of contrition out loud during confession? ›

Saying the act aloud helps a priest know you are contrite or disposed to receive the sacrament, but he may not need to hear it in order to know you are truly sorry for your sins. He may instruct you to say the act of contrition after you have left the confessional or not say it at all.

Do you say the act of contrition before or after your sins? ›

The Act of Contrition is a powerful prayer of penance that is prayed after confessing one's sins to a priest in confession. After making an act of contrition, the priest will grant absolution to the penitent, absolving him/her of their sins by the grace of God.

What are the 4 types of false confessions? ›

The Different Types of False Confession
  • Voluntary False Confessions. Kassin and Wrightsman33 initially defined a voluntary false confession as one that is offered in the absence of police interrogation. ...
  • Compliant False Confessions. ...
  • Persuaded False Confessions.

What makes a confession inadmissible? ›


What do you say at the end of confession? ›

Then the priest will end the confession with an acclamation of praise to God and a dismissal, such as this: Priest: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

What are the 3 elements of conscience? ›

Three functions of conscience are (1) feelings of what we ought to do, (2) feelings of self-approval when we do it, and (3) feelings of remorse when we don't.

What is the highest level of conscience? ›

HIGHEST LEVEL OF CONSCIENCE The final level of consciousness is known as the unconscious. This is made up of thoughts, memories, and primitive/instinctual desires that are buried deep within ourselves, far below our conscious awareness.

What are the 3 kinds of conscience? ›

 CERTAIN CONSCIENCE o Subjective assurance of the lawfulness or unlawfulness of certain actions to be done or to be admitted.  DOUBTFUL CONSCIENCE o Suspends judgment on the lawfulness of an action and therefore the action should be omitted.  SCRUPULOUS CONSCIENCE o Constantly afraid of committing evil.

How do Catholics overcome impure thoughts? ›

Answer: Regular recourse to the sacrament of reconciliation, i.e., once a month, even if you have only venial sins to confess, is a good place to start. Doing so will help keep you vigilant regarding impure thoughts and give you the sacramental graces to engage the battle.

What are blasphemous thoughts? ›

Blasphemy Thoughts: Blasphemy thinkers are those who constantly think that they would be punished for their sins. These people have thoughts arising in them that are against God, their beliefs, and their culture. These give them cause for severe anxiety.

Can you have blasphemous thoughts? ›

Blasphemous thoughts, also known as scrupulosity, as an obsessional theme has piqued curiosities long before it was considered a neurosis. Such obsessions may or may not have an accompanying compulsion and comprise 5% of the patients of OCD.

How can I practice the purity of my mind? ›

Purity of the body, inside and out.
Here are some ways in which you can help purify your mind:
  1. Meditate regularly, ideally every day. ...
  2. Take up a journaling practice, so that you might process, reflect, and work through your feelings and thoughts, rather than letting them get stuck or run rampant.
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How do you control evil thoughts? ›

  1. Label these thoughts as "intrusive thoughts."
  2. Remind yourself that these thoughts are automatic and not up to you.
  3. Accept and allow the thoughts into your mind. ...
  4. Float, and practice allowing time to pass.
  5. Remember that less is more. ...
  6. Expect the thoughts to come back again.
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Can I confess my sins to God without a priest? ›

You can confess your sins directly to God. You do not need to confess to a pastor, priest, or spiritual leader to be forgiven.

Can a Catholic make a confession over the phone? ›

No, a penitent cannot confess and receive absolution by telephone. The teaching of the church is that the sacrament requires the physical presence of a priest. Among the practical reasons for this is that the seal of confession requires and guarantees absolute and strict confidentiality.

Does watching Mass on TV count? ›

Watching Mass on TV is not the same as attending Mass and does not fulfill someone's Sunday/holy day obligation. However, if someone is unable to attend Mass, then there is no obligation to attend Mass.

Is missing Mass on vacation a sin? ›

Most moral theologians, I am certain, would say that you have incurred no sin. If no priest was available, you simply had no opportunity to participate in a Sunday Mass and so the obligation does not apply.

Is it a mortal sin to live together before marriage? ›

The Church's teaching on cohabitation is not an “arbitrary” rule. Living together before marriage is a sin because it violates God's commandments and the law of the Church.

Can a Catholic be forgiven without confession? ›

Answer: Sacramental confession is normatively required for the forgiveness of mortal sins; it is not absolutely required. What this means is that, in extraordinary circumstances, mortal sins can be forgiven outside of sacramental confession.

Is breaking the 10 Commandments a mortal sin? ›

Section 1858 of the Catechism seems to imply that violation of the Ten Commandments is a mortal sin.

What happens if you receive communion with a mortal sin? ›

He who knowingly receives Holy Communion in mortal sin receives the body and blood of Christ, but he does not receive His graces and commits a grave sin of sacrilege.

Can I receive Communion if I forgot to confess a mortal sin? ›

If one has not committed any serious sins since his or her last good confession, then it is not necessary to confess before receiving the Holy Eucharist.

Can you take communion if you haven't confessed? ›

A. The Catholic Church teaches that a person conscious of having committed a mortal sin must confess it before he or she receives Holy Communion (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1457).

What are the 4 mortal sins? ›

They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth (acedia). Note from the author: For those of you who do not understand why these particular sins are of grave matter, I would suggest that you refer to the Summa Theologiae of St.

How do I start my confession? ›

Confession begins with the (1) Sign of the Cross and the penitent greeting the priest with the words, (2) “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. My last confession was ….” (weeks, months, years). The penitent (3) confesses sins to the priest, who stands in the name of Christ and the Church.

What are the three important things to remember to make a good confession? ›

Pray often before a Confession.

You want to be honest and repentant. Say a prayer to the Holy Spirit to guide you and help you remember and feel true contrition for your sins.
Make an examination of conscience.
  • When did I last go to confession? ...
  • Did I make any special promise to God last time?

What do you say at the end of a confession? ›

When you finish confessing your sins, say: “…and I am truly sorry for all my sins.” 6. The priest will then give you some words of advice and/or encouragement to help you become a better person and a more faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.

What are some examples of false confession? ›

One of the most well-known false confession cases is the NY Central Park Jogger case. In 1989, a female jogger was found brutally attacked and raped in Central Park. The crime caused an uproar in New York City and police were under pressure to find those responsible.

What do you say before first confession? ›

Confess Your Sins to the Priest

The priest should welcome you kindly and warmly. Make the Sign of the Cross, and say these words: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. This is my first confession.

Can I do my own confession? ›

' Ask His forgiveness with all your heart with an act of contrition, and promise Him, 'Afterward I will go to confession. ' You will return to God's grace immediately. You yourself can draw near, as the catechism teaches us, to God's forgiveness, without having a priest at hand.

What 3 criteria must be met for mortal sin? ›

Three conditions must together be met for a sin to be mortal: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent." The sin against the Holy Ghost and the sins that cry to Heaven for vengeance are considered especially serious.


1. Examination of Conscience
(Saint Joseph Radio - St. Joseph Evangelization Network)
2. Father Larry Richards Examination of Conscience before Reconciliation
(Catholic Brothers For Christ)
3. An Examination of Conscience for teens or young adults
(Prince of Peace Catholic Church)
4. Examination of Conscience
(Nicole Eggebeen Uerling)
5. Examination of Conscience
(The Catholic Guy Bruce Downes)
6. Preparing Our Hearts: A Guided Examination of Conscience for Holy Confession by Fr. Paul Scalia
(Institute of Catholic Culture)

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