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Saturdays 3:00 PM-4:00 PM, or by appointment.
To make an appointment for Reconciliation please call 417-887-6472.

A Guide to Making an Examination of Conscience and a Good Confession

An Examination of our Responsibilities to God

Have I gone to Mass every Sunday?

Have I participated at Mass or have I day dreamed or been present with a blank mind?

Have I prayed every day (15-20 minutes)?

Have I read the Bible?

Have I studied the truths of our faith and allowed them to become more part of the way I think and act?

Have I read any spiritual books or religious literature?

Have I told God that I want to love him with my whole heart, mind and strength?

Do I hold any resentments toward God?

Have I recognized my need for Jesus and his salvation?

Have I asked the Holy Spirit to empower me to live the Christian life?

Have I been financially generous to the Church?

Have I participated in parish or religious activities?

Have I held resentments toward the Church or Church authorities?

Have I forgiven them?

An Examination of Conscience for Married Persons

Have I cared for my spouse?

Have I been generous with my time?

Have I been affectionate and loving?

Have I told my spouse that I love him or her?

Have I been concerned about the spiritual well-being of my spouse?

Have I listened to my spouse?

Have I paid attention to his or her concerns, worries, and problems?

Have I sought these out?

Have I allowed resentments and bitterness toward my spouse to take root in my mind?

Have I nurtured these?

Have I forgiven my spouse for the wrongs he or she has committed against me?

Have I allowed misunderstanding, miscommunication or accidents to cause anger and mistrust?

Have I nurtured critical and negative thoughts about my spouse?

Have I gossiped about my spouse?

Have I been moody and sullen?

Have I bickered with my spouse out of stubbornness and selfishness?

Have I lied or been deceitful to my spouse?

Have I been financially responsible?

An Examination of Conscience for Single Persons

Have I been rebellious, disobedient or disrespectful to anyone in authority?

Have I lied to or deceived others—friends, boss, or coworkers?

Have I been arrogant and stubborn?

Have I gotten angry or nurtured and held grudges and resentments?

Have I refused to forgive others—parents, relatives, employers, former friend, a former spouse?

Have I cultivated hatred?

Have I felt sorry for myself or nurtured self-pity?

Have I read pornographic literature or looked at pornographic pictures, shows or movies?

Have I gossiped about others?  Have I slandered anyone?

Have I told lies about others?  Have I mocked or made fun of others?

Have I been a Christian witness to those with whom I work or associate?

Have I spoken to anyone about the Gospel and how important it is to believe in Jesus?

Have I allowed the Gospel to influence my political and social opinions?

Have I had a proper Christian concern for the poor and needy?

Have I paid my taxes?

Have I fostered or nurtured hatred toward my ‘political’ opponents, either local, national or international?

Have I been prejudiced toward others because of race, color, religion or social status?

An Examination of Conscience for Young Adults

Have I gossiped about others?

Have I slandered anyone?   Have I told lies about others?

Have I mocked or made fun of others?

Have I lied or cheated?

Have I stolen anything?   Have I paid it back?

Have I been selfish or spiteful toward others?

Have I been jealous?

Have I gotten drunk, or taken drugs?

Have I been patient, kind gentle and self-controlled?

When my conscience told me to do something good, did I do it or did I ignore it?

An Examination of Conscience for Children

Have I been obedient and respectful to my parents?

Have I lied or been deceitful to them or to others?

Have I talked back to parents, teachers or other adults?

Have I pouted and been moody?

Have I been selfish toward my parents, brothers, and sisters, teachers, or my friends and  schoolmates?

Have I treated other children with respect or have I made fun of them and called them names?

Have I used bad language?

Have I stolen anything? Have I returned it?

Have I performed my responsibilities, such as homework and household chores?

Have I been kind and generous with my friends?