Prayer: Day 6

“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, `God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, `God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-20)

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)


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