At we prepare for the night, it is a good thing to re-evaluate what went on in our lives during the day. This examine of conscience helps prepare our hearts to rest for the night in the embrace of the Lord, and strengthens our resolve to try harder to please God tomorrow. To help us get into the mood to spend time with our Lord, here is a message from Him addressed to you:
1. Recall that you are in the presence of God.
2. Spend a moment looking over your day with gratitude for this day’s gifts.
3. Ask God to send you His Holy Spirit to help you look at your actions and attitudes and motives with honesty and patience.
4. Now review your day.
5. The final step is our heart-to-heart talk with Jesus.
With whichever method you use, you may want to conclude with a prayer of contrition, such as:
and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven,
and the pains of hell;
Who are all good and deserving of all my love.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace,
to confess my sins, to do penance,
For a reflection about using an examine of Conscience on a regular basis:
“It is a Daily Duty” – Fr. John Corapi, SOLT