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An Examination of Conscience Based on the Seven Deadly Sins

May 11, 2020

An Examination of Conscience Based on the Seven Deadly Sins

(based on an examination from My Catholic Life!)

 

Pride: “Pride is an untrue opinion of ourselves, an untrue idea of what we are not.” Have I a

superior attitude in thinking, or speaking or acting? Am I snobbish? Have I offensive, haughty

ways of acting or carrying myself? Do I hold myself above others? Do I demand

recognition? Do I desire to be always first? Do I seek advice? Am I ready to accept advice?

Am I in any sense a “bully”? Am I inclined to be “bossy”? Do I speak ill of others? Have I lied

about others? Do I make known the faults of others? Do I seek to place the blame on others,

excusing myself? Is there anyone to whom I refuse to speak? Is there anyone to whom I have

not spoken for a long time? Am I prone to argue? Am I offensive in my arguments? Have I a

superior “know-it-all attitude” in arguments? Am I self-conscious? Am I sensitive? Am I

easily wounded?

 

Envy: “Envy is a sadness which we feel, on account of the good that happens to our

neighbor.” Do I feel sad at the prosperity of others? At their success in game

s? In athletics? Do I rejoice at their failures? Do I envy the riches of others?

 

Sloth: “Sloth is a kind of cowardice and disgust, which makes us neglect and omit our duties,

rather than to discipline ourselves.” Have I an inordinate love of rest, neglecting my

duties? Do I act lazily? Am I too fond of rest? Do I take lazy positions in answering prayers?

Do I kneel in a lounging way? Do I delight in idle conversation? Do I fail to be fervent in the

service of God?

 

Lust: “Lust is the love of the pleasures that are contrary to purity.” Have I desired or done

impure things? Have I taken pleasure in entertaining impure thoughts or desires? Have I read

impure material, listened to music with impure lyrics, or looked at impure images, whether in

photos or on television or in movies/videos or on the internet? Have I aroused sexual desire

in myself or another by impure kissing, embracing, or touching? Have I committed impure

actions alone? Do I dress immodestly or am I too concerned with the way I look? Do I use

vulgar language or tell or listen to impure jokes or stories? Have I given into sexual desires

(e.g. fornication, adultery) even in my imagination? Have I had sexual relations with a person

outside of marriage? Have I participated in sexual activity with persons of the same-sex?

 

Covetousness: “Covetousness is a disordered love of the goods of this world.” Do I dispose of

my money properly or selfishly? Do I discharge my duties in justice to my fellow man? Do I

discharge my duties in justice to the Church?

 

Gluttony: “Gluttony is a disordered love of eating and drinking.” Do I eat to live or live to

eat? Do I drink to excess? Do I get drunk? Do I misuse prescription drugs? Do I use illegal

drugs? Have I allowed myself to become addicted to alcohol and/or drugs?

 

Anger: “An emotion of the soul, which leads us violently to repel whatever hurts or displeases

us.” Am I prone to anger? Does practically any little thing arouse my temper? Am I what is

generally termed “a sore-head”? Do I fail to repress the first signs of anger? Do I fail to get

along well with everybody? Do I ponder over slights or injuries and even presume them? Do I

rejoice at the misfortunes of others? Do I think of means of revenge? Of “getting even”? Am I

of an argumentative disposition? Have I a spirit of contradiction? Am I given to ridicule of

persons, places, or things? Am I hard to get along with? Do I carry grudges, remain “on the

outs” with anyone? Do I talk about the faults of others? Do I reveal the faults or defects of

others? Do I reveal the faults of others from the wrong motive?

 

"To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of

every preacher and of each believer." -- Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church  •  144 N. 5th Street  •  Zanesville, OH 43701-3506

740-453-3301  •  parish@saintthomaszanesville.org

Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church

144 N. 5th Street  •  Zanesville, OH 43701-3506

740-453-3301

parish@saintthomaszanesville.org

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