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PREPARING FOR CONFESSION

OPENING PRAYER

My Father, like the prodigal son I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am not worthy to be called your child. Lord Jesus, open my heart to repentance, as you opened the hearts of Mary Magdalen, Zacchaeus, and the good thief. Spirit of truth, help me to know myself, to see my life as it really is, to discover where I am at fault in my thoughts, in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do.

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

(Based on the 10 Commandments)

My Relationship with God (1-3)

1.   Is God the centre of my life? Do I pray? Do I thank Him? Are the false gods of money, power and pleasure more important to me?

2.   Do I use the Holy Name with respect? Do I stand by my Christian principles?

3.   Is my Sunday an expression of my Christian Faith?  Am I careless about Sunday Mass? Is the Mass the great moment of thanks in my life?

           My Relationship with my neighbour (4-10)

4.   Am I a good parent, child, brother or sister?  Do I waste family money on drink or gambling? Do I bring happiness to my home? Do I respec those in authority?

5.   Do I give way to anger? Do I seek revenge? Do I refuse to forgive? Do I take drugs?, too much drink?, drive dangerously?

6 & 9. Am I faithful to my marriage partner? Am I selfish in my demands? Have I ever given in to unlawful sexual passion alone or with another, in act or desire? Have I read bad books? Do I keep bad company?

7 & 10. Have I stolen? Have I damaged property? Am I honest in business? At work? Have I been jealous of another's possessions or of his success? Have I helped those in need? Do I pay my dues to the Church?

8. Do I tell lies? Have I been unfaithful? Do I keep promises? Have I tried to overcome prejudice? Have I injured my neighbour by gossip or slander?

PRAYER

Father of love, gather me into your loving arms. Grant me pardon and peace. Heal the wounds of sin in my soul, and keep me close to you until I am united with you, and with Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit in your kingdom. Amen.

ACT OF CONTRITION 

O my God because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help of your grace, I will not sin again. Amen