May 28, 2020
Dear Family of Mary!
“…In your hearts, little children, you know what needs to be changed. Return to God and His Commandments, so that the Holy Spirit may change your lives and the face of this earth, which is in need of renewal in the Spirit…” (May 25, 2020)
We still have time to prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit on Sunday!! We can do an Examination of Conscience to help us uncover what needs to change and give the Holy Spirit room to work in our hearts. (If you can go to confession, that would be even better!!) Who knows, the face of the earth may get lighter and brighter if we do!!
There are many guides to examination of conscience. The Ten Commandments are basic and so are the Beatitudes. But here is an examination written by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, D.D., J.C.D. It is based on looking at our relationships. I like it because it gives a good context for determining what needs to change!! Our Lady told us we know what needs to be changed!! But this will help us to be precise!!
An Examination of Conscience
My relationship with God:
Did I seek to love Him in all that I did?
Did I put myself at His service?
Was I aware of His presence?
Did I turn to Him?
Did I tell Him that I love Him?
Was He the center of my life today?
Did I neglect or omit my spiritual practices today?
Did worldly anxieties, or fears, keep me from following God’s will?
Did I lack trust in God’s love for me today?
Was I critical of the Church’s pastors, in thought or word?
Did I complain and murmur when I experienced difficulties today, instead of patiently accepting every event and “happening” as coming from God?
Was I open to God’s inspiration today?
Did I fail in “being Christ” to my family members or my neighbor?
Did I love others for God’s sake?
Did I practice self-forgetfulness, or did I practice self-pity and self-absorption?
Was I obstinate, hardhearted, hateful, jealous, injurious, backbiting, violent or unjust in words or actions?
Was I lacking in charity, forgiveness, or honesty?
Did I gossip and cause injury to another’s reputation or goods?
Was I impure or unchaste in any thought, word, or action?
Did I steal from, or cheat, someone?
Did I behave in a manner that reflects badly upon or could give scandal to the Church? Was I excessive in my zeal, or uncharitable in my witness of the Faith?
Was I disobedient to the directives of those in authority over me?
Have I been cooperative and generous with my time, energy, and talents in the work of the Church, especially in the apostolate of catechesis?
Did I fail to make an honest effort to grow in one of the moral virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance or the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity?
Did I fall into discouragement?
Did I fail to go forward in serenity and trust in God?
Did I fail to practice some form of mortification?
Did I fail to try to overcome one of my chief faults?
Was I prideful, envious, vain, greedy, angry, intemperate, gluttonous, slothful, impatient, or immodest?
Did I fail to cultivate the virtue of humility? (Humility is the foundation of all the virtues. The virtue of humility teaches us to consider ourselves inferior to everyone, at all times.)
Only two more days before Pentecost!! Let’s pray for one another!!
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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