Examination of Conscience for Children

The Lord’s Prayer guides the heart as the children learn about the examination of conscience.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

How often do I think about God?
How often do I say my prayers?
Do I pay attention and participate at Mass?

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Am I kind to others?
Do I do what Jesus wants me to do?
Do I share with others?
Am I helpful to my family and neighbors?
Do I show respect to my teachers and classmates?
Give us this day our daily bread.
Do I remember to say thank you?
Am I sometimes greedy?
Do I appreciate the good things I have in my life?
Do I think of ways to help those who have no food, clothes, shelter or money?
Do I take things that don’t belong to me?
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Do I say I’m sorry when I have been wrong?
Do I forgive and forget when someone does something bad to me?
Do I help solve problems between my friends or do I cause more trouble?
Do I say bad things about people who have hurt me?
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Do I play fairly in sports and games?
Do I cheat in school?
Do I tell the truth?
Do I let other kids tempt me to do things I know I shouldn’t do? Do I tempt others?

Taken from Seven Frequently Asked Questions About Children and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, written for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Kathleen D. Beuscher, 2010

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