Examination of Conscience – Looking at Relationships

Archbishop Burke


“Those who love Christ and desire to follow Him with all their hearts, naturally examine their conscience daily, with regard to how true they have been in their love of Christ.”
- Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, D.D., J.C.D.

In Relation to God

  • Did I love God above all things?
  • 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?
  • Did I neglect or omit my spiritual practices today?
  • Was I critical of the Church’s pastors, in thought or word?
  • Did worldly anxieties, or fears, keep me from following God’s will today?
  • Did I complain and murmur when I experienced difficulties today, instead of patiently accepting every event and “happening” as coming from God?
  • Did I lack trust in God’s love for me today?
  • Was I open to God’s inspiration today?

In Relation to My Family & My Neighbor

  • Did I fail in love?
  • Did I fail in “being Christ” in my home?
  • Did I fail in “being Christ” to 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 in words or actions, backbiting, violent, or unjust? 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 or the Marian Catechist Apostolate? Was I excessive in my zeal, and uncharitable in my witness of the Faith?
  • Was I disobedient to the directives of the International Director of the Marian Catechist Apostolate?
  • Have I been cooperative and generous with my time, energy, and talents, in the work of the Apostolate?

In Relation to Myself

  • Did I fail to make an honest effort to grow in the virtues of faith, hope and charity?
  • Did I fall into discouragement, which comes from self-love? Did I fail to practice some form of mortification?
  • Did I fail to try to overcome one of my chief defects?
  • Was I prideful, envious, vain, greedy, angry, intemperate, gluttonous, slothful, impatient, or immodest?
  • Did I fail to correct a known fault of mine? Did I fail to increase in virtue?
  • Did I fail to go forward in serenity and trust in God? Did I fail to cultivate the virtue of humility?

Originally published in the Tilma, Summer 2003