An Examination of Conscience for Teens

1. You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only shall you serve. (The First Commandment teaches us to put God first in our lives)

How do I spend my time each day? Do I remember that God loves me? Do I remember to give thanks to God for all that I have received? Do I try to love the people God has placed in my life? Do I have my priorities in order? Do I pray?

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. (The second commandment teaches us to speak carefully, to respect the power of of our words, and to say only what we mean to say.)

Do I pay attention to the way my words affect others? Do I misuse God's name to express anger or frustration? Do I make promises in God's name and then break them? Do I say hurtful things to others when I am angry or upset? Do I pay attention to the words I use and the impact they have on others? Do I put down other people?

3. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. (The third commandment teaches us to take time to worship God regularly and frequently.)

Do I take time each week to pray and to worship God? Do I take part in Mass on a regular basis, at least every Sunday? Do I remember that my strength comes from God, and that without God I can do nothing? Do I take time to relax and appreciate all that God has given me? Do I make time to get to know my family and my friends better?

4. Honour your father and your mother (The fourth commandment teaches us to appreciate our parents)

Do I show respect for my parents, and for all who take care of me? Am I too critical of my parents? Do I do things to upset my parents on purpose?

5. You shall not kill. (The fifth commandment teaches us to appreciate life)

Do I value all people? Do I do things to undermine the value of other people? Do I do things that harm the life I have been given? Do I take good care of myself? Do I encourage other people to take good care of themselves?

6. You shall not commit adultery (The sixth commandment teaches us to keep our promises, and to protect our sexuality)

Do I value and respect my sexuality? Do I try to develop healthy relationships and avoid relationships where people are treated like things? Do I express my sexuality in appropriate ways? Do I respect the relationship God has set up between sexual intimacy and marriage?

7. You shall not steal (The seventh commandment teaches us to respect private property and the rights of others)

Do I consider the needs and rights of others every time I take or use anything? Do I respect public property and the property of other people? Do I take more than I need? Do I share generously? Do I do the best work that I am able to give? Does my lifestyle make life harder for other people?

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor (The eighth commandment teaches us always to speak the truth and never to say more than is necessary)

Am I a truthful person? Do I try to mislead other people? Do I say things just to hurt other people? Do I gossip? Do I let gossip influence my opinions of other people?

You shall not covet your neighbor's spouse (The ninth commandment teaches us to avoid inappropriate relationships)

Do I think of other people as whole people, or as just a body, or just a mind? Do I let myself be convinced by some media that a person's value is based on appearance, strength, or intelligence? Do I remember that all people are created in the image of God?

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's things. (The tenth commandment teaches us to find happiness where we are)

Do I let greed or envy take over my thoughts? Do I let others suffer so I can have more? Do I think my own wants are more important than other people's? Do I remember that it is who I am, not what I own, that is really important?

Lord, help us to examine our lives honestly. Help us to see the things that keep us from being the people you created us to be, and give us the desire and the courage to change.

If after making an Examination of Conscience, you find that you have done some things that you need to be sorry for, go to Confession at the earliest opportunity.

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