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Saint Augustine of Hippo is considered on of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time and the Doctor of the Church.
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1) Just prior to confession, call to mind thePassion of Jesus (Diary 225), examine your conscious, pray for a good confession andpray fervently for the confessor (Diary 232). After confession rouse in yoursoul great gratitude to the Holy Trinity for this wonderful and inconceivablemiracle of mercy that is wrought in my soul (Diary 225).
2) The Examination of Conscious for the Pure GoldSoul (Diary112)
Ten Commandments Examine (Exodus 20:1)Do you break anyof these commandments:
FirstYou shall haveno other gods before Me. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for Ithe LORD your God am a jealous God. (Do not worshipbeasts during the end times and do not receive the mark). (See TheSpiritual Warfare Examine)
SecondYou shall nottake the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold himguiltless who takes his name in vain.
ThirdRemember the Sabbathday, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but theseventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; in it you shall not do any work,you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, oryour cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates; for in six days theLORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested theseventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
FourthHonor yourfather and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORDyour God gives you.
FifthYou shall notkill.
SixthYou shall notcommit adultery.
SeventhYou shall notsteal.
EighthYou shall notbear false witness against your neighbor.
NinthYou shall notcovet your neighbors house;
TenthYou shall notcovet your neighbors wife, or his manservant, or his maidservant, or his ox,or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbors.
Jesus Commandments Examine
Do you love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength includingconforming yourself to His will?Do you believethat God is Love and Mercy itself and even if our sins be as scarlet He iswilling to forgive us through the sacraments? (St. Faustinas Diary 699)
Do you enduresuffering, persecution, abuse and disgrace willingly? (Diary 1394)
Do you strive toconform yourself to this: Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous orboastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; itis not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices inthe right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Do you periodicallygo to adoration and/or spend some quiet time with the Lord? (Diary 147,154, 213/118)
Do you love your neighbor as yourself?Do you tithe anddonate to charities that feed the poor, heal the sick and help victims? (Malachi 3:6)(See The Diary of St. Faustina Examine)
Do you spendtime volunteering for the Church and the community especially while utilizingyour God given gifts? (CCC 1937)
Do you pray to bring toJesus all mankind, especially all sinners, the Souls of Priests and Religious, allDevout and Faithful Souls, those who do not believe in God and those who do notknow Jesus, the Souls of those who have separated themselves from the Church, theMeek and Humble Souls and the Souls of Little Children, the Souls who especiallyvenerate and glorify Jesus Mercy, the Souls who are in the prison of Purgatoryand for lukewarm souls? (Novena to the Divine Mercy)
Do youlike people? ()
Do people annoyyou? ()
Are you aracist/bigot? ()
The Our Father Examine
OurDoes my faithhave room for others and their needs?
FatherDo I demonstratethis relationship in my daily living?
Who art in HeavenAre all myinterests and pursuits only in Earthly things?
Hallowed be Thy NameDo I have honor,glory and TRUST in you all the way?
Thy Kingdom comeAm I unwillingto have Your kingdom grow in my heart, at home, in my workplace, in my church,my country and all the world?
Thy will be doneAm I unwillingor resentful of having it done in my life?
On Earth as it is in HeavenAm I trulywilling to give myself to Your service here and now?
Give us our daily breadDo I expendhonest effort to work for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my family,friends and neighbors?
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against usDo I continue toharbor a grudge against anyone or refuse to forgive them?
Lead us not into temptationDo Ideliberately choose to enter a situation where I am likely to be tempted?
Deliver us from evilAm I prepared tofight in the spiritual realm with the weapon of Your word and prayer?
The Diary of St. Faustina ExamineDo you believein Heaven, Purgatory and Hell? (Diary 20, 36, 85, 153, 592, 594, 741, 777, 779-780, 1375,1604)
Do you fret (ittends only to evil)? (Diary TBD)
Do you observethe time set time apart for prayer? (Diary 147)
Do you forsakehuman comforts (not every good thing)? (Diary 1443) (Wisdom 2:6) (See the VirtuesExamine)
Do you take yourmedicine and at its full dose? (Diary 1381)
Do yourmortifications draw blood? (Diary 28, TBD)
Are you obedientto the Church including all Priests and Religious, the Magisterium and do you knowthe Catechism? (Diary 28, 1448, TBD) (See the I Believe Examine)
Are you sincereto everyone? (Diary 1486, 1492)
Are you full ofsensitiveness and discouragement (they are fruits of self-love)? (Diary 1488)
Do you avoidunnatural sexual acts and believe that Jesus can remove our sinful nature? (Diary TBD)(CCC 2359)
Do you strivefor meekness and practice humility and purity? (Diary TBD) (See the VirtuesExamine)
Do you performthe following: The Spiritual Works of Mercy (CCC 2447)Admonishsinners, instructing, consoling, comforting, forgiving, bearing wrongspatiently and praying for the living and the dead
Do you performthe following: The Corporal Works of Mercy (CCC 2447)Feeding thehungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick andimprisoned and burying the dead
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Examine (As revealed by Our Lord to SisterLucia May 29, 1930)Do you believein the Immaculate Conception?
Do you believein the virginity of Our Lady?
Do you not believein the Divine maternity, refusing at the same time to accept her as the motherof men?
Do you publiclyattempt to instill indifference, scorn and even hatred for this ImmaculateMother in the hearts of children?
Do you insulther directly in her statues.
The I Believe Examine (CCC Section Two: The Profession of the ChristianFaith)Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth?
Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord,Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered underPontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried?
Do you believe He descended into Hell; the third dayHe rose again from the dead?
Do you believe He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth atthe right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judgethe living and the dead?
Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy CatholicChurch, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection ofthe body and life everlasting?
The Theology of the Body ExamineAre you prolife?(CCC 2270)
Have you had anabortion, paid for an abortion and do you refuse to have or pay for an abortionand use/provide/pay for pills that cause a fetus to abort? (CCC 2270)
Do you pray forthe end of abortion? (CCC 2270)
Do you avoid allcontraception except Natural Family Planning as described by the Church? (CCC 2370)
Do you agreethat because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wifeand each woman her own husband that the husband should give to his wife herconjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. For the wife does notrule over her own body, but the husband does; likewise the husband does notrule over his own body, but the wife does.
Do not refuse one another except perhapsby agreement for a season (as part of Natural Family Planning as described bythe church). (1 Corinthians 7:2-5)
Do you believe thereis a male and female perspective and both need to be respected? ()
Do you believethe husband is the head of the family like Jesus is the head of the church? ()
Do you believemarriage is supposed to be a mutual self-giving and there has to be reciprocity?(CCC 1604)
Do you avoid"objectifying" people by degrading them as purely sexual objects orobjects to make money?
Do you avoidextra-marital sexual sins? (See the Ten Commandments Examine)
Do you believe thehuman person is both BODY and SPIRIT? (that is why there is a"resurrection of the body") (CCC TBD)
Do you believe thinkingthat the spirit is more important to God than the body or that the body is moreimportant than the spirit is incorrect? (CCC TBD)
Do you transformEros by ethos (passion and purity) to create a more passionate love?
Do you avoid allforms of pornography and voyeuristic advertisement? (it is objectification ofpeople and a false form of eroticism) (CCC 2354)
Do you dress moderately (modestyprotects the mystery of persons and their love. It encourages patience andmoderation in loving relationships.) (CCC 2522)
The Virtues ExamineDoyou pray for the three virtues that are dearest to Jesus: humility,purity and love of God? (Diary 1415)
Do you pray for: The Theological Virtues (CCC 1812)Faith, Hope,Charity
Do you pray for: The Cardinal Virtues (CCC 1805)Prudence, Temperance,Justice, Fortitude
Do you pray for: TheGifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit (CCC 1831)Fear of the Lord,Piety, Fortitude, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel and Wisdom
Do you commit: Works of theFlesh (CCC 1852)Fornication, impurity,licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger,selfishness, dissension, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall notinherit the Kingdom of God.
Spiritual Warfare ExamineDabbling inthe following can cause non-Catholic spirits to attach themselves to you. Onemust confess them specifically to ensure the spirit(s) are removed. If yourealize you may have done this but have since received confession, stillconfess them specifically.
They all break the first of the ten commandments. (See theTen Commandments Examine)
Eastern OrientalMysticismYoga, Reiki, Tai Chi, Healing Touch (non-Catholic version),Acupuncture (can be neutral), Acupressure, Feng Shui, Labyrinth, Iridology,Orgonomy, Reflexology, Rolfing, Polarity Massage, Polarity Therapy, Reincarnation,Applied Kinesiology / Behavioral Kinesiology, Visualization, Guided Imagery,Altered States of Consciousness, Transcendental Meditation, Zone Therapy,Shiatsu, Biofeedback (can be neutral), Bioenergetic Analysis, Psychometry,Thymus Thumps, Centering Prayer (non-Catholic version), Brain Respiration andQigong.
Human Potential Movement, Existentialismand Humanism.Oprah Winfrey: A Course in Miracles, The New Earth, The Secret,Conversations with God, Conversations with God for Teens.Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Transpersonal Psychology, Scientology,EST, Life Spring, Landmark Forum, Forum, Self Actualization, Self Realization, Enneagram,Sylva Mind Control and New Thought.
OccultismOuija Board, Astrology, Horoscopes, Psychic Readings, Tarot CardReadings, Palmistry, Numerology, Aura Reading, Crystals, Freemasonry,Clairvoyance, Levitation, Astral Projection, Telekinesis, TranscendentalMeditation, Scrying (Crystal Gazing), Divination, Casting of Spells, Seances,Channeling, Automatic Writing, Psychic Surgery, Extra-Terrestrials, Dungeonsand Dragons, Harry Potter and Twilight New Moon.Neo-Paganism:Wicca, Witchcraft, Druidry and Feminism.The result ofthe attachments of non-Catholic spirits can cause the following sins and mustalso be confessed:Anger, arrogance, bitterness, brutality, confusion, cruelty, deception,envy, fear, hatred, insecurity, jealousy, pride, resentment and terror.
3) Consecrate yourself to Jesus (expect sacrificesand sufferings to be required, including a spiritual battle) (Diary 136)by saying: Not my will be done but Your will be done (Matthew 26:42). Jesus I amYours (CCC1245). Do with me what You will (Diary 136). I present my body as a livingsacrifice, holy and acceptable to You (Romans 12:1). Lord, do not allow me tofrustrate Your benevolence in me (Diary 1486) or in others but be with meevery moment of my life (Diary 136). Lord Jesus give me what I Spirituallyneed the most (Diary TBD). Give me the power and grace to battle in the spiritualrealm with the weapons of Your word and prayer (Ephesians 6:13-20). WithoutYou I can do nothing with You I can do anything (Diary 138, 154 John 15:4).
4) Put a Stamp of obedience on every personal prayerof petition made to Jesus. (Diary TBD)
5) Receive the Most Bless Sacrament regularly. (Diary 1447)
6) Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and be obedient to the priest by following hisinstructions then Jesus will remove your sinfulness. (Diary 1448, 1725)
7) Fulfill the Heavenly Fathers will is byenduring suffering, persecution, abuse and disgrace willinglyif it comes upon you without looking for it. (Diary 1394)
8) Ask Jesus to heal you and strengthen you (Diary 206)by replacing your weaknesses with His strengths (Diary TBD).
9) When one is conscious of sins beg Jesus formercy: Jesus I beg for mercy. It glorifies Jesus. (Diary 1488)
10) Whenever you are thankful for something (somethingnon-sinful), give thanks to Jesus: Thank you Jesus, thank you Jesus, thank youJesus. (DiaryTBD) Remembering God is a Triune God and EVERYTHING (CCC TBD)comes from Him (except sin). Especially thank Him for His dying for us on thecross, the Church, family and friends, priests and religious and what the biblecalls blessings and Good Things.
4) Put a Stamp of obedience on every prayer of petition made to Jesus. (Diary TBD)
I removed "personal" because we want Jesus to have full freedom over our loved ones too. He knows what's best for ourselves and our loved ones and we TRUST Him with them.