Sensus Fidelium YouTube video Sermon on Confession. It's perhaps the greatest gift from God, but you can't just regret your sins; you must be truly sorry. Today, too many people are proud of their sins, and publish them in books, for all to read! (23 minutes)

Confession

Confession
Also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation


How to go to Confession
The Examination of Conscience is in the sections that follow.


A Scriptural Guide to Confession
Written by Rev. H. T. Burke

Christ gave the power to forgive sins in His name to the Apostles, and their successors:
[Jesus] said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent Me, so I send you." And when He had 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." (John 20:21-23)

Which is easier, to say, "Your sins are forgiven," or to say, "Rise and walk?" But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins" --he then said to the paralytic, "Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home." He rose and went home. When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe and glorified God who had given such authority to human beings. (Matthew 9:5-8)

To go to the priest is to go directly to Christ because the priest acts in persona Christi (in the person of Christ), in God’s name.The individual priest we confess to is the visible priest. Christ is the invisible priest who is present and acts through his human priest, (on God’s mercy).
"Or what woman having ten coins and losing one, would not light a lamp and sweep the house, searching carefully until she Finds it? And when she does find it, she calls together her friends and neighbors and says to them, 'Rejoice with me because I have found the coin that I lost.' In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (Luke 15:8-10)

Then each went to his own house, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle.
They said to him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?"
They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write with his finger.
But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She replied, "No one, sir." Then Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, [and] from now on do not sin any more."
(John 8:1-11)

How to go to Confession:

Remember to Examine your Conscience BEFORE confession, and be well prepared.
Your Priest wants to hear your Confession, not debate or confirm which are sins.
See the Yellow Part 2 Section, [Below, on this page], for the Exanination of Conscience.

1. The Priest will often begin with the Sign of the Cross, or a greeting and blessing.

2. Begin by blessing yourself with the Sign of the Cross and 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: _______________________".

3. Confess all Mortal Sins according to Kind and Number. It is a sin to deliberately conceal any mortal sins! Hold NOTHING Back! You may also confess venial sins.
"He who conceals his sins prospers not, but he who confesses and forsakes them obtains mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)

4. At the end of your confession say:
"For these and all the sins of my life I am sorry."

With these words, the priest will be certain that you are finished. Otherwise, he may conclude that you are still thinking of other sins, and trying to summon the courage to tell him ‘the big one’.

The priest may ask you a question, for clarification, or counsel you with advice. If he asks you a question, answer briefly.

5. Receive penance. Listen to your penance carefully and memorize it, [its too late to ask later, if you forget!]. If your penance is vague, ask for clarification.


For the leader. A psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him after his affair with Bathsheba.

Have mercy on me, God, in your goodness; in your abundant compassion blot out my offense. Wash away all my guilt; from my sin cleanse me. For I know my offense; my sin is always before me.

Against you alone have I sinned; I have done such evil in your sight. That you are just in your sentence, blameless when you condemn. True, I was born guilty, a sinner, even as my mother conceived me. Still, you insist on sincerity of heart; in my inmost being teach me wisdom.

Cleanse me with hyssop, that I may be pure; wash me, make me whiter than snow.

Let me hear sounds of joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.

Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt. A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.

Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit.

Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.
I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you. Rescue me from death, God, my saving God, that my tongue may praise your healing power.

Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise. For you do not desire sacrifice; a burnt offering you would not accept.

My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.

Make Zion prosper in you good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.

Then you will be pleased with proper sacrifice, burnt offerings and holocausts; Then bullocks will be offered on your altar.
(Psalms 51)

6. Pray an Act of Contrition:. Here are two suggestions. Memorize a good one:

Act of Contrition:

"O, my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen."

Alternate Act of Contrition:

"O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all of my sins because of Thy just punishments. But most of all because they offend Thee my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more, and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen."

7. Receive absolution from the Priest.

The priest will give you absolution in Latin or in your common language. In English, the words necessary for absolution are:

"I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."

Answer: "Amen."

You will not have made a successful confession, unless you hear these words from the priest. He will not refuse absolution unless it is clear to him that you are not sorry for your sins, or you have no intention of amending your life.

8. Exit the confessional, and go do your penance. You would be wise to do it immediately, or the same day if it is lengthy.

You can be sure that the priest will keep your Confession is strictest confidence, and will never speak of it.

If you forget how to go to confession simply tell the priest and he will help you.

Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan answered David; "The LORD on his part has forgiven your sin; you shall not die. But since you have utterly spurned the LORD by this deed, the child born to you must surely die." Then Nathan returned to his house.

The LORD struck the child that the wife of Uriah had borne to David, and it became desperately ill. David besought God for the child. He kept a fast, retiring for the night to lie on the ground in sackcloth. The elders of his house stood beside him urging him to rise from the ground; but he would not, nor would he take food with them. On the seventh day, the child died.
(2 Samuel 12:13-18)

Then David said to God, "I have sinned greatly in doing this thing. Take away your servant’s guilt, for I have acted very foolishly."

Then the LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer, in these words:

Go, tell David: "Thus says the LORD: I offer you three alternatives; choose one of them, and I will inflict it on you."

Accordingly, Gad went to David and said to him; "Thus says the LORD; Decide now-- will it be three years of famine; or three months of fleeing your enemies, with the sword of your foes ever at your back; or three days of the LORD‘s own sword, a pestilence in the land, with the LORD‘s destroying angel in every part of Israel? Therefore choose; What answer am I to give him who sent me?" Then David said to Gad: "I am in dire straits. But I prefer to fall into the hand of the LORD, whose mercy is very great, than into the hands of men."

(1 Chronicles 21:8-13)


Continuing with Rev. H.T. Burke
Examination of Conscience

The Three Conditions For Mortal Sin:
All three of the following must have occured concurently, for the offence to be a Mortal Sin:

1. Serious matter- the thought, word, action or omission must be seriously wrong or believed to be.

2. Sufficient reflection- the person must be mindful of the serious wrong (having reflected on it before its done)

3. Full consent of the will (freely choose to commit the sin).


You must also be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. (Luke 12:40)

...then that servant's master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place will the unfaithful. That servant who know his master's will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master's will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more. (Luke12:46-48)

Abraham journeyed on to the region of the Negreb, where he settled between Kadash and Shur. While he stayed in Gerar, he said of his wife Sarah, "She is my sister." So Abimelech, king of Gerar, sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream one night and said to him, "You are about to die because of the woman you have taken, for she has a husband. Abimelech, who had not approached her, said: "O Lord, would you slay a man even though he is innocent? He himself told me, ’She is my sister,’ and she herself also stated, ’He is my brother.’ I did it in good faith and with clean hands."

God answered him in the dream: "Yes, I know you did it in good faith. In fact, it was I who kept you from sinning against me; that is why I did not let you touch her.

Therefore, return to the man‘s wife -- as a spokesman he will intercede for you -- that your life may be saved. If you do not return her, you can be sure that you and all who are yours will certainly die."

Early the next morning Abimelech called all his court officials and informed them of everything that had happened, and the men were horrified.
(Genesis 20:1-8)



The Two Great Commandments:

I. [Corresponds to the first three of the Ten Commandments]:


"You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul and with all your mind."

II. [Corresponds to the last seven of the Ten Commandments]:

"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."


"Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. Bind them at your wrist as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

"Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.

The second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
(Matthew 22:36-40)



Continuing with Rev. H.T. Burke

An Examination of Conscience
with the Ten Commandments:


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1. You shall have no false gods. Did I worship the true God? Did I pray everyday? Did I give greater love to anyone or anything else? Did I put faith in a false religion, occult ideas or astrology?

The God delivered all these commandments:

I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods besides me. You shall not carve idols for yourselves in the shape of anything in the sky above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or worship them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their father‘s wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but bestowing mercy down to the thousandth generation, on the children of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain. For the LORD will not leave unpunished him who takes his name in vain.

Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day. Six days you must labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD, your God. No work may be done then either by you, or your son or daughter, or your male or female slave, or your beast, or by the alien who lives with you. In six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the LORD has blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

"Honor your father and your mother, that you may have a long life in the land which the LORD, your God, is giving you."

"You shall not kill."
"You shall not commit adultery."
"You shall not steal."
"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
"You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male or female slave, nor his ox or ass, nor anything else that belongs to him."
(Exodus 20:1-17)


1. You shall have no false gods. Did I worship the true God? Did I pray everyday? Did I give greater love to anyone or anything else? Did I put faith in a false religion, occult ideas or astrology?


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2. You shall not take God's name in vain. Did I use God’s name only with reverence?


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3. Keep the Sabbath Holy. Did I miss Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation through my own fault, (Not merely for illness or lack of transportation)? Have I received Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin?

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me." For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.
(1Corinthians 11:23-29)

Did I deliberately not pay attention at Mass?
Did I deliberately arrive late or leave early?
Did I abstain from unnecessary physical labor on Sunday?
Did I contribute to the Church according to my means?



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4. Honor your father and mother. Did I love, help, and obey my parents and other authorities? Did you fulfill their wishes when they passed, within reason?


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5. You shall not kill. Did I take care of my body or abuse drugs/alcohol?

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, act of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)

Did I unjustly injure others physically or verbally?

"You have heard that it was said to your ancestors, ’You shall not kill; and whoever kills will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ’Raqa,’ will be answerable to the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, ’You fool,’ will be liable to fiery Gehenna. Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Settle with your opponent quickly while on the way to court with him. Otherwise your opponent will hand you over to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny. (Matthew 5:21-26)

Did I forgive all who injured me? Did I promote or have an abortion?

You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to me.
(Psalms 139:13-16)

Did I mutilate my body through surgical sterilization?


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6. You shall not commit adultery.
Am I guilty of sins against purity such as: adultery, or fornication (premarital sex)?


I say, then: live by the Spirit and you will certainly not gratify the desire for the flesh. For the flesh has desires against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you may not do what you want. But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, rivalry, jealousy, outbursts of fury, act of selfishness, dissensions, factions, occasions of envy, drinking bouts, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ [Jesus] have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:16-24)

Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take Christ’s members and make them the members of a prostitute? Of course not! [Or] do you not know that anyone who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For 'the two,' it says, 'will become one flesh.' But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased for a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:15-20)

Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient.
(Ephesians 5:3-6)

But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, unchastely, theft, false witness, blasphemy. (Matthew 15:18-19)

Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the unchaste, the murderers, the idol-worshipers, and all who love and practice deceit. (Revelation 22:15)

Am I guilty of Incest?

Keep, then, my statutes and decrees, for the man who carries them out will find life through them. I am the LORD.

"None of you shall approach a close relative to have sexual intercourse with her. I am the LORD. You shall not disgrace your father by having intercourse with your mother. Besides, since she is your own mother, you shall not have intercourse with her. You shall not have intercourse with your father’s wife, for that would be a disgrace to your father. You shall not have intercourse with your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in your own household or born elsewhere. You shall not have intercourse with your daughter’s daughter, for that would be a disgrace to your own family. You shall not have intercourse with the daughter whom your father’s wife bore to him, since she, too, is your sister. You shall not have intercourse with your father’s sister, since she is your father’s relative. You shall not have intercourse with your mother’s sister, since she is your mother’s relative. You shall not disgrace your father’s brother by being intimate with his wife, since she, too, is your aunt. You shall not have intercourse with your daughter-in-law; she is your son’s wife, and therefore you shall not disgrace her. You shall not have intercourse with your brother’s wife, for that would be a disgrace to your brother. You shall not have intercourse with a woman and also with her daughter, nor shall you marry and have intercourse with her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; this would be shameful, because they are related to her. While your wife is still living you shall not marry her sister as her rival; for thus you would disgrace your first wife.

"You shall not approach a woman to have intercourse with her while she is unclean from menstruation. You shall not have carnal relations with your neighbor’s wife, defiling yourself with her. You shall not offer any of your offspring to be immolated to Molech, thus profaning the name of your God. I am the LORD."
(Leviticus 18:5-21)

Am I guilty of viewing pornography?
Have I had Impure Thoughts?

I do not allow into my presence anyone who speaks perversely. Whoever acts shamefully I hate; no such person can be my friend. (Psalms 101:3)

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Have I dressed immodestly?

The LORD said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with necks outstretched Ogling and mincing as they go, their anklets tinkling with every step, The Lord shall cover the scalps of Zion’s daughters with scabs, and the LORD shall bare their heads.

On that day the LORD will do away with the finery of the anklets, sunbursts, and crescents; the pendants, bracelets, and veils; the headdresses, bangles, cinctures, perfume boxes, and amulets; the signet rings, and the nose rings; the court dresses, wraps, cloaks, and purses; the mirrors, linen tunics, turbans, and shawls.

Instead of perfume there will be stench, instead of the girdle, a rope, And for the coiffure, baldness; for the rich gown, a sackcloth skirt. Then, instead of beauty; Your men will fall by the sword, and your champions, in war; Her gates will lament and mourn, as the city sits desolate on the ground.
(Isaiah 3:16-26)

It is my wish, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger or argument. Similarly, [too,] women should adorn themselves with proper conduct, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hairstyles and gold ornaments, or pearls, or expensive clothes, but rather, as befits women who profess reverence for God, with good deeds. (1 Timothy 2:8-10)

Likewise, you wives should be subordinate to your husbands so that, even if some disobey the word, they may be won over without a word by their wives’ conduct when they observe your reverent and chaste behavior. Your adornment should not be an external one; braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or dressing in fine clothes, but rather the hidden character of the heart, expressed in the imperishable beauty of a gentle and calm disposition, which is precious in the sight of God. For this is also how the holy women who hoped in God once used to adorn themselves and were subordinate to their husbands; thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him 'lord.' You are her children when you do what is good and fear no intimidation. (1Peter 3:1-6)

Am I guilty of beastiality?

You shall not have carnal relations with an animal, defiling yourself with it; nor shall a woman set herself in front of an animal to mate with it; such things are abhorrent. (Leviticus 18:23)

Am I guilty of Homosexuality?

You [a male] shall not lie with a male as with a woman; such a thing is an abomination. (Leviticus 18:22)

The two angels reached Sodom in the evening, as Lot was sitting at the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he got up to greet them; and bowing down with his face to the ground, he said, 'Please, gentlemen, come aside into your servant’s house for the night, and bathe your feet; you can get up early to continue your journey.' But they replied, 'No, we shall pass the night in the town square.' He urged them so strongly, however, that they turned aside to his place and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking cakes without leaven, and they dined. Before they went to bed, all the townsmen of Sodom, both young and old -- all the people to the last man -- closed in on the house.

They called to Lot and said to him, 'Where are the men who came to your house tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have intimacies with them.' Lot went out to meet them at the entrance. When he had shut the door behind him, he said, 'I beg you, my brothers, not to do this wicked thing. I have two daughters who have never had intercourse with men. Let me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as you please. But don’t do anything to these men, for you know they have come under the shelter of my roof.'

They replied, 'Stand back! This fellow,' they sneered, 'came here as an immigrant, and now he dares to give orders! We‘ll treat you worse than them!' With that, they pressed hard against Lot, moving in closer to break down the door; But his guests put out their hands, pulled Lot inside with them, and closed the door; at the same time they struck the men at the entrance of the house, one and all, with such a blinding light that they were utterly unable to reach the doorway.

Then the angels said to Lot: 'Who else belongs to you here? Your sons [sons-in-law] and your daughters and all who belong to you in the city -- take them away from it!

We are about to destroy this place, for the outcry reaching the LORD against those in the city is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.' So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had contracted marriage with his daughters. 'Get up and leave this place,' he told them; 'the LORD is about to destroy the city.' But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

As dawn was breaking, the angels urged Lot on, saying, 'On your way! Take with you your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.'

When he hesitated, the men, by the LORD’s mercy, seized his hand and the hands of his wife and his two daughters and led them to safety outside the city.

As soon as they had been brought outside, he was told: 'Flee for your life! Don’t look back or stop anywhere on the Plain. Get off to the hills at once, or you will be swept away.' Oh, no, my lord!' replied Lot,

'You have already thought enough of your servant to do me the great kindness of intervening to save my life. Buy I cannot flee to the hills to keep the disaster from overtaking me, and so I shall die. Look this town ahead is near enough to escape to. It’s only a small place. Let me flee there -- it’s a small place, isn’t it? -- that my life may be saved.'

'Well, then,' he replied, 'I will also grant you the favor you now ask. I will not overthrow the town you speak of. Hurry, escape there! I cannot do anything until you arrive there.' That is why the town is called Zoar.

The sun was just rising over the earth as Lot arrived in Zoar; at the same time the LORD rained down sumptuous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah [from the LORD out of heaven].

He overthrew those cities and the whole Plain, together with the inhabitants of the cities and the produce of the soil. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she was turned into a pillar of salt. Early the next morning Abraham went to the place where he had stood in the LORD‘s presence. As he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and the whole region of the Plain, he saw dense smoke over the land rising like fumes from a furnace.

Thus it came to pass: when God destroyed the Cities of the Plain, he was mindful of Abraham by sending Lot away from the upheaval by which God overthrew the cities where Lot had been living.
(Genesis 19:1-29)

Therefore, God handed them over to impurity through the lusts of their hearts for the mutual degradation of their bodies. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and revered and worshiped the creature rather than the creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Therefore God handed them over to degrading passions. Their females exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the males likewise gave up natural relations with females and burned with lust for one another. Males did shameful things with males and thus received in their own persons the due penalty for their perversity.
(Romans 1:24-27)

Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor sodomites nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.(1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

We know that the law is good, provided that one uses it as law, with the understanding that law is meant not for a righteous person but for the lawless and unruly, the godless and sinful, the unholy and profane, those who kill their fathers or mothers, murderers, the unchaste, practicing homosexuals, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is opposed to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted. (1 Timothy 1:8-11)

Am I guilty of using Contraception?

God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them, saying; 'Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.' (Genesis 1:27-28)

Judah got a wife named Tamar for his first-born, Er. But Er, Judah’s first-born, greatly offended the LORD; so the LORD took his life. Then Judah said to Onan, 'Unite with your brother‘s widow, in fulfillment of your duty as brother-in-law, and thus preserve your brother‘s line.' Onan, however, knew that the descendants would not be counted as his; so whenever he had relations with his brother‘s widow, he wasted his seed on the ground, to avoid contributing offspring for his brother. What he did greatly offended the LORD, and the LORD took his life too. (Genesis 38:6-10)

Children too are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one’s youth. Blessed are they those quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate. (Psalms 127:3-5)

Did I marry outside the Church?
Am I avoiding impure TV and media?


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7. You shall not steal.
Have I stolen?
Have I returned the item or made restitution?



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8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I lied, engaged in Calumny (telling the faults of someone that are untrue) or gossip, Detraction (unnecessarily revealing someone’s true faults)?



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9. You shall not covet your neighbors wife.
Have I willfully engaged in impure thoughts?


'You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you, everyone who looks at a woman with lust has committed adultery with her in his heart.' (Matthew 5:27-28)

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10. You shall not covet your neighbors goods.
Have I sought to be detached from this world’s wealth?


Now someone approached him and said, 'Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?'

He answered him, 'Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.'

He asked him, 'Which ones?' And Jesus replied, ‘You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; honor your father and your mother‘; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’' The young man said to him, 'All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?'

Jesus said to him, 'If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to [the] poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'

When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.'

When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and said, 'Who then can be saved?' Jesus looked at them and said, 'For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.' Then Peter said to him in reply, 'We have given up everything and followed you. What will there be for us?'

Jesus said to them, 'Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times more, and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.
(Matthew 19:16-30)

And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: 'Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in Heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way.

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. But woe to you who are filled now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will grieve and weep. Woe to you when all speak well of you, for their ancestors treated the false prophets in this way.
(Luke 6:20-26)

Someone in the crowd said to him, 'Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.' He replied to him, 'Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?'

Then he said to the crowd, 'Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.'

Then he told them a parable. 'There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ’What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’

And he said, ’This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, ’Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!’

But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus it will be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.’

He said to [his] disciples, 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing.

Notice the ravens; they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds!

Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your lifespan? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest? Notice how the flowers grow. They do not toil or spin. But I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass in the field that grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

As for you, do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not worry anymore.

All the nations of the world seek for these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek His kingdom, and these other things will be given to you besides.
(Luke 12:13-31)

Come now, you rich, weep and wail over your impending miseries. Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like a fire. You have stored up treasure for the last days. Behold, the wages you withheld from the workers who harvested your fields are crying aloud, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts. You have lived on earth in luxury and pleasure; you have fattened your hearts for the days of slaughter. You have condemned; you have murdered the righteous one; he offers you no resistance. (James 5:1-6)

Have I given to the poor?

'When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them from one another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ’Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ’Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Then he will say to those on his left, ’Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me’ Then they will answer and say, ’Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?” He will answer them, ’Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.' (Matthew 25:31-46)

If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? (1 John 3:17)

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?

If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,' but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
(James 2:14-17)

(Written by Rev. H.T. Burke)

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