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Examination of conscience based on 5 Vincentian virtues

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by Fr. G. Gregory Gay, C.M.

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Examination of conscience based on 5 Vincentian virtues

  1. 1. V I N C E N T I A N V I R T U E S A N E X A M I N A T I O N O F C O N S C I E N C E B A S E D O N T H E
  2. 2. H U M I L I T Y • Do I recognize my dignity as a child of God, having the humility to see the gifts God has given me, and do I use those gifts for his glory or for my own vanity? • Am I able to recognize my own limits, my weaknesses, my shortcomings, my failings before others? • Am I able to forgive others and ask forgiveness for my offenses?
  3. 3. S I M P L I C I T Y • Is my heart only for God? • Am I transparent, sincere in my dealings with others? • Do I seek the truth or do I sometimes hide the truth so that my real nature will not be known?
  4. 4. M E E K N E S S • Am I gentle in my dealings with others or am I aggressive and offensive? • Am I easily approachable or do I shut the door of my heart to others? • Am I truly compassionate, able to suffer with others?
  5. 5. M O R T I F I C AT I O N • Am I willing to die to myself? • Am I willing at times to forget about my needs and sacrifice myself for others? • Do I at times do for others in a begrudging manner?
  6. 6. Z E A L • Am I enthusiastic in my apostolic works? • Do I inspire hope in others and for others? • Is my action refreshed with contemplation or do I fall into activism? • Am I showing signs of burnout and an indifference in my dealings with others? • Do I truly see the poor as my “Lords and Masters,” treating them with love and all due respect, or do I fall into the trap of treating them like objects, as stepping stones to “my own greater honor and glory”?
  7. 7. P R E S E N TAT I O N B Y Source: Letter of G. Gregory Gay, CM. to the Congregation of the Mission. Original Publication: Vincentiana 2005-01, January-February 2005.

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