Examination of Conscience: Seven Capital Sins

Preparatory Prayer:

My precious and divine Lord, as I begin an examination of conscience, help me to see my soul as You see it. In Your perfect mercy, You love me as I am, even though my sin keeps me from entrusting my life more fully to You.

May I see my sin so that You can gently free me from these obstacles to Your love. Give me courage and confidence in You Who are Love and Mercy itself. Jesus, I trust in You. Have mercy. Amen.

Pride: Pride is an untrue opinion of ourselves, an untrue idea of what we are not.

Do I have a superior attitude in thinking or speaking or acting? Am I snobbish?  Do I have an offensive, haughty way 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 games? 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 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 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, i.e., masturbation? 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 in to desires of adultery even in my imagination?

Covetousness: Covetousness is a disordered love of the goods of this world.

Do I dispose of my money improperly 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: Anger is 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?  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?

Format for Holy Hours

Examination of Conscience: Seven Capital Sins

Examination of Conscience: Ten Commandments

Weekly Examen for Holy Hour

Examination of Conscience: Faith, Hope & Charity

Short Examination of Conscience: Faith, Hope & Charity

Daily Prayers

Morning Prayers

Afternoon Prayer

Daily General Examen at Night

Probing the Depths – Full Table of Contents

Part One: Background of Saint Ignatius and Lessons From The Spiritual Exercises

Part Two: Ignatian Meditations Arranged According to the Liturgical Year

Part Three: Additional Prayer Materials for Use Throughout the Year

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