Examination of Conscience for Kids

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Prayer

O Holy Spirit, help me to know my sins. Help me to understand that my sins displease You.

Help me to be sorry for my sins and to avoid them in the future.

Dear Blessed Mother, please ask your Son, Jesus, to help me make a good Confession.  Amen.

The list of questions below will help you think of ways you might have offended God.

Read the list and answer the questions silently to yourself.

  • Do I pray every day?
  • Have I “fooled around” during prayer or at Mass?
  • Do I use “good luck” charms or other things that pretend to have the power of God?
  • Have I used the name of God or Jesus without respect?
  • Have I shown disrespect for holy things or holy places?
  • Have I missed Mass on Sunday or holy days through my own fault?
  • Have I disobeyed my parents or teachers?
  • Have I talked back to them?
  • Have I made fun of old people?
  • Have I picked fights with others?
  • Have I bullied other people?
  • Am I mean to others at school who are different or weaker than myself?
  • Am I sometimes mean to my brothers and sisters?
  • Do I refuse to forgive others?
  • Have I dared anyone to do something that I know is wrong?
  • Have I done foolish, dangerous things, or ordered others to do them?
  • Have I said bad words or told bad jokes?
  • Have I watched bad videos or TV shows or looked at dirty pictures on purpose?
  • Do I spend time thinking dirty thoughts on purpose?
  • Have I not treated the private parts of my body or other people’s bodies with respect?
  • Have I stolen anything?
  • Have I cheated on tests or homework?
  • Have I taken things without permission, borrowed things and never brought them back, or trespassed on other people’s property?
  • Have I destroyed other people’s things on purpose—setting fires, breaking windows, writing on walls, scratching words on tables?
  • Do I do my best in my schoolwork and chores, or do I do a bad job out of laziness?
  • Do I waste food, money, or other good things my parents give me?
  • Have I told lies or not told the truth when I should have?
  • Have I blamed others for wrong things I have done?
  • Have I said unkind things (even true things) about other people just to be mean?
  • Have I dared anyone to do something that I know is wrong?
  • Have I done foolish, dangerous things, or ordered others to do them?
  • Have I said bad words or told bad jokes?
  • Have I watched bad videos or TV shows or looked at dirty pictures on purpose?
  • Do I spend time thinking dirty thoughts on purpose?
  • Have I not treated the private parts of my body or other people’s bodies with respect?
  • Have I stolen anything?
  • Have I cheated on tests or homework?
  • Have I taken things without permission, borrowed things and never brought them back, or trespassed on other people’s property?
  • Have I destroyed other people’s things on purpose—setting fires, breaking windows, writing on walls, scratching words on tables?
  • Do I do my best in my schoolwork and chores, or do I do a bad job out of laziness?
  • Do I waste food, money, or other good things my parents give me?
  • Have I told lies or not told the truth when I should have?

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all of my sins because of Thy just punishment, but most of all because I have offended Thee my Lord, Who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.