Below are some points of reflection
for an examination of conscience,
especially for the homebound and elderly.
It is helpful when preparing a person for
FOR SENIORS/ADULTS IN
⎕ Have I neglected to dedicate a part
of my day to prayer?
⎕ Do I have other “gods” in my life,
like money, possessions, inheritance, etc.?
⎕ Have I taken the Lord’s name in
vain, or used other vulgarities?
⎕ Have I missed Mass on Sundays or
a Holy Day of Obligation when I could
⎕ Do I harbor unkind and revengeful
thoughts about others? Do I gossip about
others or listen to gossip, beyond
necessary communication and care for
⎕ Have I read, listened to, viewed,
thought about or spoken of impure things?
⎕ Have a failed to apologize or
forgive someone from my heart?
⎕ Am I greedy, selfish or envious of
someone’s possessions, talents, or
⎕ Have I neglected my body by not
getting enough rest, movement and
⎕ Have I abused prescription drugs,
tobacco, alcohol and/or other drugs?
⎕ Have I been ungrateful to God or
forget to thank Him for his many blessings
in my life?
FOR THE HOMEBOUND
⎕ Do I express gratitude to my family
and friends for their kindness?
⎕ Am I appreciative of my caregiver’s
⎕ Do I feel angry because someone
else has/had more money, or better
⎕ Do I become upset or because my
grown children do not spend more time
⎕ Have I neglected using my time to
pray, read holy books, meditate and watch
⎕ Have I used my physical
limitations as an excuse for laziness or
⎕ Am I a “busybody” in the house,
irritating others instead of helping?
⎕ Have I watched sinful movies or
looked at bad content on electronic media?
⎕ Was I unnecessarily unkind (or
rude) to a telephone caller, impatient with
a visitor and/or crabby with others?
⎕ Do I suppose I have no need of
confession, merely because I never or
rarely leave the house?
⎕ Have I given into depression and
negativity, instead of focusing on the joy
that belongs to those who have been
redeemed by Christ, to those who
maintain firm hope in their hearts for
promised for eternal bliss to all the
FOR ELDERLY MARRIED
PERSONS WITH ADULT CHILDREN,
⎕ Do I frequently nag and criticize
⎕ Do I expect more than he or she is
capable of giving?
⎕ Do I not take time to listen to my
spouse, with his or her concerns and
⎕ Have I neglected my duties to my
⎕ Have I forgiven my spouse for the
wrongs he or she has committed against
⎕ Have I allowed misunderstanding
to cause anger and mistrust?
⎕ Have I manipulated my spouse in
order to get my own way?
⎕ When I look at the shortcomings of
my adult children, do I fail to acknowledge
where I have been wanting in my
formation of them?
⎕ Have I disrespected my adult
children? Am I overly demanding of them?