As I search my heart through these questions, fill me with courage and light, ever mindful of your abundant mercy and steadfast love.
Have I failed to give thanks to God for the blessings in my life?
Have I neglected daily prayer? Do I participate in Mass regularly?
Have I failed to live up to my capabilities and talents?
Have I been disrespectful of persons in authority over me, or those I have authority over?
Have I loved money, possessions of forms of entertainment more than people in my life?
Have I put ideas before people, or been quick to judge someone?
Have I shown mercy to those who wrong me? Accepted the mercy of those who offer it?
Have I treated others, especially those less fortunate, as I would hope to be treated?
Have I lacked self-control or constantly lost my temper?
Have I been careful in my driving, eating, drinking and smoking habits?
Have I finished my responsibilities or left my work incomplete?
Have I looked into my heart to truly discern what is right and just?
Have I opened my heart to welcome and understand those who are “other” to me?
Have I shown respect for the significant people in my life?
Have I mainly looked out for myself and been blind to the troubles of others?
Have I said or done things to hurt others? Have I simply not cared?
Have I failed to help others? Was I silent when others were wronged?
Have I been a responsible citizen and contributed to the well being of my communities?
Have I shared my time, talent and treasure with others, especially those less fortunate?
Have I been a source of joy and hope for people around me?
Image: “The Prodigal.” Used with permission of artist, Kristin Malone. All rights reserved.