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The Season of Lent
Lent is a time for reflection, repentance and restoration.
Jesus offers forgiveness to us through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
As Catholics, we are called to experience Reconciliation at least once a year.
We encourage you to begin your Lenten journey with a clean heart and an open mind.
Examination of Conscience
In the Catholic spiritual tradition, we have a method of self-evaluation that might be a valuable spiritual exercise at this time of year. It’s called an “examination of conscience.” Although there are lots of different forms of this exercise, all of them are comprised of a structured list of questions to ask yourself, designed to help you determine where you might have gone wrong, what your spiritual weaknesses are, and even what you should have done that maybe you neglected to do. If you’ve never done a formal examination of conscience, this might seem like a big downer. But this is a list that’s just between you and God.
There’s no need to sugar-coat it. If, after going through the exercise, you’ve discovered some serious issues needing reconciliation and forgiveness, then you’re well prepared for the Sacrament of Reconciliation or confession.
At a minimum, you will be able to base your Lenten sacrifice on something concrete.
A Brief Examination of Conscience Based on the Ten Commandments
I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Honour your father and your mother.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.
Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.