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Examination of Conscience on the basis of the Be-attitudes

Examination of Conscience based on the Be-attitudes

To make this examination ahead of Seeking forgiveness from God:

  • 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.
  • Read through the items on this list and honestly reflect on your behavior for each item.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  • Do I truly love God above all things?
  • Am I humble enough to acknowledge my total dependence on God?
  • Can I admit mistakes without blaming others?
  • Do I take the time for God in my life through personal and private prayer?
  • Do I refer my choices and decisions to God on a regular basis?
  • Do I talk to God about how to spend my time?
  • Have I grown slack in prayer?
  • Do I attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation? Is Mass a priority?
  • Do I take the Lord’s name in vain? Do I use His name casually in everyday conversation or do I honor His name when I speak?
  • Have I done my best to be emptied of sin and worldly desires so that God may fill it with His love?
  • Do I strive – with my time, passion, and resources – to accumulate more temporal/earthly/material goods and honors, rather than seeking to obtain true spiritual goods?
  • When I pray, do I only ask God for things, instead of for a closer relationship with Him?
  • Do I desire more money or a higher place in life?

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

  • Has my heart become hardened to the circumstances of others?
  • Do I let the pain and suffering of other people affect me, or is it that I just choose to ignore it?
  • Do I console and help those who mourn and suffer?Am I willing to admit my own pain, brokenness and be open with others?
  • When was the last time I really repented for my sin, or asked someone to forgive me whom I hurt?
  • Have I been able to say ‘I am sorry’ and really mean it?
  • Do I experience genuine sorrow over the sins committed by myself and others? Do I consider how much they offend God and how they bring more evil and disorder into the world?
  • Do I do sufficient penance for my own sins, and offer my little sufferings and crosses to God for reparation of the sins of others?

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

  • Am I willing to suffer quietly in faith as Jesus did, or do I tend to complain and argue about every wrong thing (real or, sometimes it is my own imagination) done to me?
  • Do I humbly regard others as more important than myself?
  • Have I sacrificed myself for the good of another person ?
  • Do I try to bully and manipulate, or intimidate other people to do what I want?
  • Am I obstinate and quarrelsome, always trying to insist on my will over that of others, in regard to petty and unimportant things?
  • Do I treat people differently on the basis of their skin colour, race, nationality, caste, or even by their sins? Have I joked about others because of these things?
  • Do I mock those who don’t share my beliefs?
  • Do I look down on others because of their own riches (or lack of riches)?
  • Do I take pride in my possessions or my job?
  • Am I thoughtful about what I say to others?
  • Do I think about what I say online?
  • Do I think I have all of the answers?
  • Do I think “speaking honestly” or “speaking frankly” allows me to put down others for what they say, do or believe?
  • Do I honor my elders, especially my parents and grandparents, spiritual elders?
  • Am I a good listener?
  • Do I strive to overcome evil with good, by responding to offenses with gentleness, instead of reacting in anger and spite?

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

  • Do I give thanks and praise to God as Creator of all things?
  • Do I desire to be holy?
  • How much of a priority is it to love and follow Jesus Christ in my life? Honestly.
  • Have I let fear keep me silent when I should have spoken out?
  • Do I consider how my personal decisions may negatively affect others in my family or community?
  • Do I listen with attention and devotion to the Word of God proclaimed?
  • Do I hunger for the Eucharist?
  • Do I offer my trials to God for the salvation of souls?

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

  • Am I quick to forgive others? Do I harbor resentment or hold grudges?
  • Are there people in my life who are suffering because of my lack of forgiveness?
  • Am I quick to judge others?
  • Do I give them the benefit of the doubt?
  • Do I speak with love/gently to others or am I harsh and pushy?
  • Am I happy when someone else fails or “gets what they deserve?”
  • Do the needs of others come before my own?
  • Do I forgive myself for my own shortcomings?
  • Do I give in to hopelessness?
  • Do I accept God’s mercy?
  • Have I been convicted that I can’t earn my way into heaven and that eternal life comes through God’s mercy toward me?

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

  • Do I lie or cheat?
  • Do I gossip or enjoy sharing stories about others?
  • Am I lustful? Have I led others to lust and impurity by the way I dress, through conversations, or other means?
  • Do I view pornography?
  • Do I see others simply as objects of sexual desire?
  • Am I faithful to my spouse?
  • Do I abuse my spouse or children through words or actions?
  • Have I hurt another person? Have I damaged their reputation or good name?
  • Have I stolen from someone?
  • Have I withheld wages or acted dishonestly?
  • Am I honest about my own faults and failings?
  • Do I do what is truly right or do I compromise especially when it is convenient for me to do so?
  • Have I allowed a particular sin or vice to distract me from God?
  • Do I look for instant gratification?

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

  • Do I make reconciliation with God and others a priority?
  • Do I try to make real peace with others in my family? At work? In my parish & community?
  • Do I pray for peace throughout the world?
  • Do I like to cause conflict or do I try to resolve it?
  • Do I start a lot of fights in my home by not trying to understand the other person’s point of view? What about my workplace and community?

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  • Do I believe the teachings of the Church? Am I willing to stand up for those beliefs?
  • Am I guided by what the Church teaches me even when it is hard or unpopular, or difficult to do so?
  • Am I a Christian only when it is convenient for me or socially acceptable? Am I a Christian only so long as it increases my popularity?
  • Am I able to suffer in silence or am I always complaining about something?