Examination of Conscience

Have I practiced the virtue of Patience?
Was I unkind (or downright rude) to a telephone caller, impatient with a visitor, crabby when things didnt go just the way I wanted? Did I complain if things do not go MY way?  Do I complain about things I should not complain about? Did I criticize my doctor, my caretaker, my child, for not serving me better?


Have I practiced the virtue of Temperance?
Have I indulged my love of sweets or snack foods, to the detriment of my health? Have I continued to smoke, or to consume alcoholic beverages excessively?

Have I practiced the virtue of Charity?
Have I been a
busybody,” been unkind to a neighbor either by my thoughts or by my actions? Have I been critical, hurting someones feelings? Have I engaged in gossip or encouraged other to gossip? Am I cynical, negative or judgmental; do I burden others with my negativity?


Have I practiced the virtue of Diligence?
Have I used my physical limitations as an excuse for laziness?  Have I neglected attending Sunday Mass even though I am physically able to
? Have I neglected my prayer life?  Have I prayed for my family and friends?

Examination, cOntinued

Have I practiced the virtue of Chastity? 
Is my sexual activity proper to my state in life? Have I permitted myself to watch shows or videos which are not edifying, which depict sexual scenarios that go against the teachings of the Church?

Have I practiced the virtue of Kindness?
Am I kind to others? Do my words and actions bring joy to others, a smile to their face? Was I jealous of the attention paid to someone else, wanting everyone to notice me instead? Did I feel angry because someone else had more money, or better health, or because my grown children did not have enough time to spend with me? Did I compliment someone who looked good, or did I only have harsh words to say? Do I actively look for the good in others or the daily events of my life and speak of the blessings I see? Do I share what I can with the poor or suffering?


Have I practiced the virtue of Humility?
Did I accept a compliment graciously but then move on, refusing to keep the attention turned toward myself? Was I willing to let someone else be the center of attention? Have I accepted the physical and mental limitations of age with grace? Did I feel grateful for the kindness of my family and others, and appreciative of my caregivers efforts? Did I believe that I had no need of confession, because of my age, because I never even leave the house or any other excuse? Do I use what little time I have left on earth to make God the center and foundation of my life before I meet Him?

act of contrition

O, my God, I am sorry for all my sins.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have offended you who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly intend, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to penance and to amend my life. Our savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us, in His name my God have mercy. Amen.