Daily Examination of Conscience

Make a short examination of conscience before going to rest at night. Two or three minutes are enough. Follow these steps:

  1. Humble yourself in the presence of God. Tell Him: Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.
  2. Ask for light to acknowledge your defects and virtues, and to see the dangers and good occasions surrounding you. Ask for repentance, amendment and encouragement.
  3. Examine your conscience briefly on these points:
    • What have I done wrong? With God, with my neighbor, with myself?
    • What have I done right?
    • What could I have done better?
  4. Sorrow. Ask pardon from the Lord. Tell Him: A contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not despise or Lord, you know all tings, you know that I love you. You may say the Acts of Contrition , the Confetiteor, or Psalm 50 (Miserere).
  5. Resolution. Make a very concrete resolution for tomorrow:
    • avoiding some specific faults
    • staying away from danger
    • exerting special effort to practice some virtue
    • taking advantage of some occasion of improvement

Excerpt from Handbook of Prayers. A Complete Treasury of Prayers and Order of Mass.

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