Prayer: Day 6
Intentions: That in the lukewarmness of our present culture, the sense of sin would not be downplayed in our minds and in the Church; that we may always and readily recognize our sinfulness before God, and rejoice in His Grace.
Action: Do an Examination of Conscience and, out of sincere sorrow for these sins, make a firm resolution not to commit the sins identified, and go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation if possible. Be ready to do penance and, if necessary, restitution to right the wrong done. Meditate on the grace bestowed on you through the Sacrament and thank God for it!
To help you with the Examination of Conscience, here’s a brief guide:
– Sins can be committed by thought, desire, word, action or omission.
– Sins are mortal when following three conditions are met: 1. it is a serious and grave wrong; 2. it is committed with full knowledge of the seriousness, and; 3. it is committed with full consent.
– We can be responsible for the sins of others in 9 ways: by council, command, consent, provocation, praise, concealment, partaking, silence, and defense.
– Examine sins against self, neighbour and God
– Examine violations of the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)
– Examine the Seven Deadly Sins which are the roots of all other sins (Pride, Greed, Envy, Wrath, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth)