Examination of Conscience for Adults & teens

FIRST COMMANDMENT – I am the LORD your God. You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.

 Have I…

  • Disavowed God?
  • Disobeyed the commandments of the Lord or His Church?
  • Refused to accept what has been divinely revealed as Truth through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition?
  • Deliberately confused or misled others through evasiveness, specious arguments, or lies regarding authentic doctrine or the faith?
  • Have I refused to accept the authority of those (priests, bishops, the Pope) whom God has placed over me?
  • Rejected the Catholic Faith to join to practice another religion?
  • Given priority to anyone or anything over God?
  • Hidden a serious sin or told a lie in confession?


SECOND COMMANDMENT – You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

 Have I…

  • Blasphemed the Name of God?
  • Referred to the Catholic Faith, the Church, the Saints, or sacred things and practices irreverently?
  • Watched TV shows and movies, listened to music, or participated in activities that did not give proper reverence to the Catholic Church and the Catholic Faith?
  • Used vulgar and obscene speech?
  • Disparaged and/or belittled other people in conversation?
  • Blamed God for my shortcomings, my sins, and my failures?


THIRD COMMANDMENT – Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

Have I…

  • Missed Mass on Sunday or Holy Days through my own negligence? Received a sacrament while in the state of mortal sin?
  • Made a habit of arriving to Mass late and/or leaving early?
  • Engaged in unnecessary business (personal or professional) on Sunday or other Holy Days of Obligation?
  • Not given adequate time to God in personal prayer every day?
  • Not taken my children to Mass or provided them with adequate religious instruction?
  • Ignored fasting and abstinence requirements


FOURTH COMMANDMENT – Honor your father and your mother.

Have I…

  • Neglected the needs of my elderly parents?
  • Been obedient and respectful to those who are in positions of authority over me? Broken any laws?
  • Supported any politicians who are in opposition to teaching of the Catholic Church? Neglected the needs of my children regarding proper food, clothing, shelter, education,
  • discipline?
  • Made sure that my children regularly received the sacraments of Penance and Eucharist? Provided for the religious instruction of my children?
  • Provided my children with a prudent instruction in Catholic teaching?
  • Provided my children a fitting example of Catholic Living through the example of my own Life Witness?
  • Taught my children how to pray? Prayed with and for my children?


FIFTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not kill.

Have I…

  • Committed murder? Attempted suicide?
  • Had an abortion, seriously considered securing an abortion, or assisted another in securing abortion?
  • Supported or secured assisted suicide or mercy killing?
  • Inflicted or threatened to inflict bodily harm on another person? Engaged in verbal or emotional abuse against another person?   Succumbed to hatred or wished evil on another?
  • Engaged in prejudice or unjust discrimination against another because of race, color, nationality, gender or religion?
  • Driven under the influence of alcohol or engaged in aggressive and reckless driving? Abused drugs or alcohol?
  • Enticed others to sin by giving scandal through my own actions or words (spoken, written, blogs, etc.)?
  • Caused serious injury or death to another through criminal neglect?
  • Indulged in serious anger, sought to exact revenge, and/or delighted in another person’s misfortune or pain?
  • Been cruel to or willfully hurt another through my speech or actions?
  • Been malicious in speech, defaming another’s character and reputation?
  • Harbored resentment against another person?
  • Sought to do injury to another’s professional reputation?
  • Been presumptuous, rendered unjust judgment, presuming to know all of the facts of another’s situation?
  • Offered opinions on matters about which I did not have the facts or about which were not my business?
  • Fomented an atmosphere of unrest, suspicion, rebellion, or anger through my words, spoken or written, and/or my actions?


SIXTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not commit adultery.

Have I…

  • Been faithful to my spouse in both thought and actions? Dressed modestly?
  • Looked lustfully at anyone, used impure speech or led others to impure thoughts or behaviors by my own conduct?
  • Made serious efforts to avoid any occasions of impurity? Been chaste in my affections?


SEVENTH & TENTH COMMANDMENTS – You shall not steal. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

Have I…

  • Stolen anything?
  • Envied others for their talents, possessions, etc.?
  • Been detached from the attraction of material goods and seek to live in the spirit of simplicity?
  • Been generous to others – especially those in need?
  • Gratefully recognized God as the Source of all that I have and am. Been a good and faithful steward of God’s gifts to me?
  • Deliberately defaced or destroyed another person’s property?
  • Cheated on any tests, taxes, or in any business transactions or other financial obligations?
  • Squandered my possessions or taken them for granted?
  • Plagiarized or taken any type of reward, praise, or credit for anything was not mine?
  • Ensured that my employees are paid a just living wage? / Given my employers a full day’s work for a full day’s pay?
  • Paid my debts and honored my contracts?
  • Overcharged anyone for services or products or taken advantage of another’s person ignorance in business matters?


EIGHTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Have I…

  • Lied or knowingly and willfully deceived another? Participated in gossip?
  • Done injury to another person’s reputation by exposing his/her faults for malicious purposes?
  • Spread lies about another person for the purpose of harming his/her reputation?
  • Written spurious remarks (letters, emails, blogs, websites, etc.) about another person in order to damage his/her reputation?
  • Been guilty of making rash judgments against another person by assuming the worst based on circumstantial evidence.
  • Taken the necessary steps to make just reparations for any lies I told, or for harm I have done to another person’s reputation?


NINTH COMMANDMENT – You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

Have I…

  • Practiced chastity? Succumbed to lust?
  • Seduced someone, or allowed myself to be seduced? Made unwelcome sexual advances toward another?   Entertained impure thoughts?
  • Used pornography?
  • Watched movies/television, listen to music or jokes that are immodest? Committed adultery or fornication?
  • Engaged in homosexual activity? Committed rape?
  • Masturbated?
  • Used children for sexual pleasure or engaged in any other unnatural sexual behavior? Engaged in any form of prostitution?
  • Failed to accept and practice Church Teaching regarding artificial birth control, immoral techniques for in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination, etc.?

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You,

and I detest all my sins because of Your just punishments,

but most of all because they offend You, my God,

Who are all good and deserving of all my love.

I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace,

to sin no more and to avoid  the near occasions of sin.  Amen.