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Avoiding Purgatory




Examination of Conscience


"Behold, I come quickly: and my reward is with me
to render to every man according to his works."
Reward for Our Works (Rev 22:12-15)







Particular Examen




    1. 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 deliberately told a lie in Confession or have I witheld a mortal sin from the priest in Confession?
  • Are there other 'gods' in my life
  • money, security, power, people, etc?
  • Has work interfered in my relationship with God?

    2. 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 any other person?
  • Have I insulted a sacred person or abused a sacred object?

      3. 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?
  • Does work prevent me from going to church?
  • Do I ever say, "I'm too busy" to go to church?

    4. Honor your father and your mother.
  • Do I honor and obey my parents?
  • 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?

    5. You shall not kill.
  • Have I had an abortion or encouraged or helped anyone to have an abortion?
  • Have I knowingly and willingly voted for a politician whose public record has supported abortion-on-demand?
  • Have I physically harmed anyone?
  • Have I abused alcohol or drugs?
  • Have I driven under the influence of alcohol?
  • Have I drunk to excess? Have I drunk under age?
  • Did I give scandal to anyone, thereby leading them into 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 contraception, artificial insemination or in-vitro fertilization?
  • Have I participated in or approved of euthanasia?

    6. You shall not commit adultery.
  • Am I living in an illicit marriage, that is, in a situation of public and permanent adultery (after a civil divorce)?
  • Is my first spouse still alive, and have I 'remarried' ouside of the Church?
  • Have I sought a divorce or willingly accepted a divorce?
  • 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 control of my thoughts and imagination?
  • Have I respected all members of the opposite sex, or have I thought of other people as mere objects?
  • Have I been guilty of fornication with members of the opposite or same sex?
  • Do I seek to be chaste in my thoughts, word, and actions? (especially with boyfriend/girlfriend)
  • Am I careful to dress modestly?
  • Have I ever watched, purchased, or sold pornography?

    7. 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, or at home?
  • Do I gamble excessively?
  • 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, or big corporations?

    8. 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?
  • Have I injured the reputation of others by slander?

    9. You shall not desire your neighbor's wife.
  • Have I consented to impure thoughts?
  • Have I caused them by impure reading, movies, television. conversation, or curiosity?
  • Do I pray at once to banish impure thoughts and temptations?
  • Have I behaved, in an inappropriate way, with members of the opposite sex: flirting, being superficial, etc?

    10. You shall not desire your neighbor's goods.
  • Am I envious of what other people have?
  • Do I envy the families or possessions they have?
  • Am I greedy or selfish?
  • Is accumulating material possessions the purpose of my life?


Provided courtesy of The Companions of the Cross