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Advent 2006


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Advent 2006

  1. 1. Advent 2006 “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Prepare your heart.
  2. 2. <ul><li>Examine Your Conscience </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Jesus said to them “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you” And when he has said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” </li></ul><ul><li>-John 20:21-22 </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods besides me. </li></ul><ul><li>Did I fail to love God, to make God first in my life, to thank Him, trust Him, love Him as He deserves? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I fail to pray? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I doubted or denied my faith? </li></ul><ul><li>Was I careless in saying my prayers? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I give God time everyday in prayer? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I make a god out of my work, my possessions, or my image in the eyes of others so that these rule my life instead of God? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I angry toward God because of illness or misfortune? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I been involved with magic, horoscopes, Ouija boards, or fortune telling? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I knowingly read any anti-Catholic literature? </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. <ul><li>Did I curse or swear? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I use God’s name in vain, lightly, carelessly by blasphemy? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I used foul language or jokes? </li></ul><ul><li>In conversation have I passively listened to slander and to jokes demeaning to the Church or God’s authority? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I insulted priests or others consecrated to God? </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. Keep Holy the Sabbath Day . <ul><li>Have I deliberately missed Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I leave Mass early without a good reason? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I been to communion at least once a year (especially on Easter)? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I receive Holy Communion in the state of serious sin? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I been to confession recently? </li></ul><ul><li>In any of my previous confessions did I lie to or deliberately conceal something from the priest? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I allowed myself to become so dominated by my work and chores that I have not set aside Sunday for spiritual and family activities? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I been late for Mass without a good reason? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I been inattentive at Mass or failed to be reverent to the Blessed Sacrament? </li></ul>
  7. 7. 4. Honor your Father and Mother. <ul><li>Did I honor and obey my parents? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I respect my brothers and sisters? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I respect others with authority, especially teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I talked back? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I fail to help at home or to spend time with my family? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I blame my parents for my own shortcomings? </li></ul>
  8. 8. 5. You shall not kill. <ul><li>Did I give in to feelings of anger or jealousy? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I keep hatred in my heart? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I ever struck anyone in anger, intending to injure the person? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I fight, give a bad example, or cause scandal? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I abused alcohol or drugs? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I had or in any way permitted or encouraged abortion? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I thought about suicide? </li></ul>
  9. 9. 6. You shall not commit adultery. <ul><li>Did I consent to impure glances? Sinful touches? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I give my mind over to lustful thoughts or fantasies? </li></ul><ul><li>Was I immodest in dress or behavior? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I look at pornography, impure books, magazines, websites, or videos? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I guilty of impurity with myself, premarital sex, or adultery? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I live chastely according to my state in life (married, single, ordained, consecrated)? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I avoid laziness, gluttony, idleness, and the occasions of impurity? </li></ul>
  10. 10. 7. You shall not steal. <ul><li>Have I stolen what is not mine? What or how much? Did I return it or make up for what I have stolen? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I cheated on tests or homework? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I waste time at work? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I vandalized? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I been extravagant in my manner of life, to the neglect of the poor at home and abroad? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I refused or neglected to pay back debts? </li></ul>
  11. 11. 8. You shall not bear false witness against you neighbor. <ul><li>Have I lied or gossiped? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I talked about another person behind their back? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I always tell the truth? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I sincere? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I reveal secrets that should have been kept confidential? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I critical, negative, or uncharitable in my talk? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I injured the reputation of others by speaking about their failures and sins with little desire or intention to help them? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I condoned prejudice and hatred toward people of other nationalities, races, or religions? </li></ul>
  12. 12. 9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. <ul><li>Have I consented to impure thoughts? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I encouraged impure thoughts by stares, curiosity or impure conversations? </li></ul><ul><li>Did I neglect to control my imagination or desire of other people? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I rejected my family in my heart, wishing to distance myself emotionally from them? </li></ul>
  13. 13. 10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods. <ul><li>Is my heart greedy? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I jealous of what another has? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I envious of others because I don’t have what they have? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I habitually compare myself with others? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I moody or gloomy? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I work, study and keep busy to counter idle thoughts? </li></ul><ul><li>Am I critical, negative, or uncharitable in my thoughts of others? </li></ul><ul><li>Is my heart set on earthly possessions or on the treasures of heaven? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Confess your Sins.
  15. 15. Prayer Before Confession <ul><li>Oh most merciful God! Prostrate at your feet, I implore your forgiveness. I sincerely desire to leave all my evil ways and to confess my sins with all sincerity to you and to your priest. I am a sinner, have mercy on me, Oh Lord. Give me a lively faith and a firm hope in the Passion of my Redeemer. Give me, for you mercy’s sake a sorrow for having offended so good a God. Mary, my mother, refuge of sinners, pray for me that I may make a good confession. Amen. </li></ul>
  16. 16. How to go to Confession <ul><li>1. The Priest will often begin with the Sign of the Cross or a greeting and blessing. </li></ul><ul><li>2. The Penitent begins by saying “Bless me Father for I have sinned, it has been ____ (number of days, weeks, months, etc.) since my last confession. These are my sins”. </li></ul><ul><li>3. Confess all mortal and venial sins committed since your last confession by kind and number . Hold NOTHING back. </li></ul><ul><li>4. At the end of your confession say these or similar words: “For these and all the sins of my life I am sorry.” By this you tell the priest that you are finished.  Otherwise, he might think you are still thinking or even trying to summon the courage to tell him &quot;the big one&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>The Priest may ask questions for clarification or give you some counsel on a point from your confession.  </li></ul><ul><li>The Priest will give you a penance.  Listen to it carefully and remember it.  </li></ul><ul><li>The Penitent makes an act of contrition : O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended You, and I detest all of my sins because of Your just punishments. But most of all because they offend You my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.   </li></ul><ul><li>The Priest will give you absolution in Latin or in your common language. “I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” ).   </li></ul>
  17. 17. Wait with patience. Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come, that by thy protection we may be rescued from the dangers that beset us through our sins; and be a Redeemer to deliver us; Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
  18. 18. Wait in prayer. Stir up thy hearts, O Lord, to prepare the paths of thine Only – begotten Son: that we may worthily serve thee with hearts purified by His coming: Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
  19. 19. Wait with wisdom and joy. We beseech thee to listen to our prayers, O Lord, and by the grace of they coming enlighten our darkened minds: Thou who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
  20. 20. Wait with anticipation. Pour forth thy power, O Lord and come: Assist us by that might power, so that by thy grace and merciful kindness we may swiftly receive the salvation that our sins impede: Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
  21. 21. O Come, O Come Emmanuel.