In a previous post, I talked about the need for each of us to examine ourselves on some regular basis as a practice of piety. This is not meant as a way to “earn points” with God — it is to help us see and acknowledge areas of weakness and sin so that we can mature as Christians. This Examination of Conscience is from the Via de Cristo Pilgrim’s Guide, which is given to each participant. Imagine it as a conversation between you and Jesus.
Think about your interior attitudes and disposition. Have your thoughts, your aspirations, your words, your actions of this day been worthy of one of my apostles?
Have your problems overcome you again today? How many times have you fallen? What was the reason? Think it over well.
Think about the means available to you that my grace my increase in you:
Morning worship, Holy Communion, altar visits. Have you neglected to perform one or more of these means of sanctification? Why?
How long has it been since you visited your spiritual director? When will you go?
And what about your serving? Couldn’t you have been more generous– more courageous– more self-sacrificing–more cheerful?
With a little effort couldn’t you have gotten rid of the obstacles which you found along the road?
Haven’t you had the time to be a disciple? Listen to Me: isn’t it true that for the things which really interest you, you do find the time? I wo am your God would almost be satisfied if you would treat me as well as you treat any of your friends.
Are you with me– or against me? At work–in your profession–at recreation–have you been my disciple? Would you have been proud to have me accompany you through the day?
Remember that the infidelities of the “faithful’ are the infidelities which wound My heart most. I COUNT ON YOU! ON YOU! And you, on whom or what do you count?