Our parish recently had one of the Father’s of Mercy visiting for a retreat. He brought several Examination of Conscience brochures. There are many resources to help with examinations of conscience, but I really liked all the reference material on this brochure. You can download a free PDF copy of the brochure from their store page (Click one of the Red Buttons in the description [or direct link]). For more convenience I have copied the reference material onto this page. Thank you to the Father’s of Mercy for this great reference. I have added Bible and Catholic Catechism (CCC) citations to the sections that didn’t have them. Please contact me if you see any errors.
The Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1-17, Deut 5:6-21)
- I am the Lord Thy God. Thou shall not have strange gods before Me.
- Thou shall not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
- Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
- Honor thy father and thy mother.
- Thou shall not kill.
- Thou shall not commit adultery.
- Thou shall not steal.
- Thou shall not bear false witness.
- Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s wife.
- Thou shall not covet thy neighbor’s goods.
The Two Greatest Commandments (Mt 22:37-40, Mk 12:29-31)
- You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul and with all your mind.
- You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The Precepts of the Church (CCC 2041-2043)
- You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation and rest from servile labor.
- You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
- You shall receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter Season.
- You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
- You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.
The Way of Darkness (Sin)
The Seven Capital Sins (CCC 1866)
- Pride: Preoccupation with one’s own excellence or misery. (CCC 2538)
- Avarice/Greed: Disordered desire for possessions; setting our hearts on material things; selfishness. (CCC 2536)
- Lust: Disordered desire for or inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure. (CCC 2351)
- Anger: Uncontrolled emotion which results in desire for revenge; holding resentment. (CCC 2302-2303)
- Gluttony: Putting the pleasures of the body (food, drink, makeup, Internet, TV, etc.) over the goods of the soul. (CCC 2290)
- Envy: Sadness at the good of another. (CCC 2539-2540)
- Sloth: Bodily or Spiritual laziness or neglect. (CCC 2429)
Sins Against the Theological Virtues
- Presumption on God’s Mercy. (CCC 2092)
- Despair of God’s Mercy. (CCC 2091)
- Resisting and/or Attacking the known truth. (CCC 2094)
- Envy at another’s spiritual good. (CCC 2540)
- Obstinacy in sin. (CCC 2840)
- Final impenitence (refusal to repent). (CCC 1864)
Sins Crying to Heaven (CCC 1867)
- Willful murder.
- Oppression of the poor.
- Defrauding laborers of their wages.
Being an Accessory to Another’s Sin (CCC 1868-1869, 2480)
- By counsel.
- By command.
- By consent.
- By provocation.
- By praise or flattery.
- By concealment.
- By partaking.
- By silence.
- By defense of the sinful action.
The Works of the Flesh (Gal 5:19-21)
- Outbursts of fury
- Acts of selfishness
- Occasions of envy
- Drinking bouts
The Way of Light (Holiness)
The Seven Capital Virtues
- Humility: Acknowledgment of truth about
God, oneself and others. (CCC 2546-2547)
- Generosity: Doing actions for the benefit of
others; selflessness. (CCC 1937)
- Chastity: Proper integration of sexuality
within the human person according to the
mind of God and one’s state in life. (CCC 2337-2350)
- Meekness: Gentleness of spirit that gives
power of self-possession; governs anger. (CCC 716, 1716, 2219)
- Temperance: Moderation of the desire for
pleasure. (CCC 1809)
- Brotherly Love: Desire for the true good of
one’s neighbor, which leads one to act rightly
toward him. (CCC 2219, 2540)
- Diligence: Consistency in doing what is right. (CCC 1808, fortitude)
The Theological Virtues (CCC 1812-1829)
Faith, Hope and, Charity
The Cardinal Virtues (CCC 1805-1809)
Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude.
The Corporal Works of Mercy (Mt 25:31-46, CCC 2447)
- Feed the hungry
- Give drink to the thirsty
- Clothe the naked
- Visit the imprisoned
- Shelter the homeless
- Visit the sick
- Bury the dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy (Isa 58:6-7, Heb 13:3, CCC 2447)
- Admonish the sinner
- Instruct the ignorant
- Counsel the doubtful
- Comfort the sorrowful
- Bear wrongs patiently
- Forgive all injuries
- Pray for the living and the dead
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isa 11:1-2, CCC 1831)
Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23, CCC 1832)
Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-Control and Chastity.
The Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12, Lk 6:20-26, CCC 1716)
- Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Blessed are the meek; for they shall possess the land.
- Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for justice; for they shall be filled.
- Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure of heart; for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.
- Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s sake; for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Three Eminent Good Works to Overcome our Sinfulness (Tob 12:8, Mt 6:1-18, CCC 1434)
Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.
The Evangelical Counsels (CCC 2103)
Chastity, Poverty and Obedience.