A short guide to preparing teens for confession

It is always good to be guided in the preparation of your confession. Discover a list of questions to ask yourself before receiving the Sacrament of Atonement. It is intended for teenagers and can also benefit adults.

“Master, in the Fa, what is the great commandment? Jesus answered him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great, the first commandment. And the second is like.’ that you must love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22, 36-39)

The first two commandments of Jesus’ law of love bring into play the relationship that unites us with God (“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God”), to others (“Thou shalt love thy neighbor”) and the relationship to ourselves (“Thou shalt love Lord your God “). like yourself “). Here you will find a simple conscience study for young people, based on these three pillars: God, myself and the neighbor.

1how do i love god

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“Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”(Dt 6, 4-5).

Do I remember my God in the midst of my daily activities?

Do I remember that he is with me in any situation, that he loves me no matter what?

Do I remember praying and finding at least a few minutes to God every day?

Is prayer a task or a meeting with someone who cares?

Do I limit myself to automatically repeating “formulas” when I pray, or do I really speak to God? Am I telling him my concerns? Am I trying to listen to what he tells me? Do I ask him questions?

Am I seeking to read and understand the word of God? When was the last time I read a few sentences?

Do I care about Sunday Mass? Do I remember him really waiting for me there? Am I doing my best to attend Sunday’s Eucharist?

Do I respect God? Am I mocking sacred things? Do I think and talk about them with respect?

2how I love myself

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“Fear not, for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name – you are mine! You are dear to me, you have gained value and I love you!” (Es43, 1-4)

Do I respect myself? Do I know that I have a value that comes from being a child of God – that he loves me, that he wanted me to exist?

Am I humble and offended, even in my thoughts?

Am I telling myself that I’m bad, stupid, worse than the others? Do I constantly compare myself to others?

Am I happy with what I have, with what I am? Am I trying to see the good in myself and in my life? Do I know how to say thank you?

Am I developing my good qualities? Do I demand of myself? Am I trying to get better?

Am I wasting my time on things that add nothing to my life?

Am I too attached to my smartphone screen?

Do I know my mistakes? Am I trying to work with them?

Do I have passions, interests? Am I neglecting them?

Do I do my best to complete my homework (at home, at school)? Can others count on me? Am I trying to overcome my laziness, my discouragement?

Do I respect my freedom? Are my words, my actions, my decisions well thought out?

Do I avoid doing things that I know are wrong or that I doubt?

Can I take responsibility for my actions? Am I able to admit that I am wrong, to apologize, to ask for forgiveness?

Am I honest, sincere, brave? Am I lying to make myself look better?

Do I take care of my health – do I do things that hurt or can hurt me?

Am I doing things I should be ashamed of? Am I looking for these things – for example on the internet? Do / do I see something I would be comfortable doing / seeing in front of my loved ones?

3how I love others

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All that you have done to one of these least of my brothers, you have done to me. (Mt25, 40).

Do I respect others? Do I humiliate them with my thoughts, my words, my gestures, my behavior?

Do I despise others?

Do I judge others by their appearance? Do I elevate myself above others because they have less or know less than I do?

Do I use my qualities and talents to help others?

Do I become friends with others just because it brings me something? Am I seeking other people’s favor just because there is something to gain?

Am I gossiping and gossiping? Do what I say about others I say to their best? Could I tell others directly what I say or think about them?

Do I respect the privacy of others? Am I trying to be gentle, to be tactful?

Am I considering the feelings of others? Am I saying things about them that can make them uncomfortable?

Do I use other people’s property, money, ideas?

Am I able to do something good for others selflessly – without expecting reward, payment, praise or recognition?

Am I sensitive to others – to their needs, their worries, their pains?

Can I be interested in someone who is upset, someone who is standing next to me? Can I give them my time, my attention, my kindness?

Do I want to hurt others? Do I benefit from their problems, their failures, their accidents?

Am I enjoying someone else’s success? Am I able to congratulate anyone for expressing my appreciation?

Do I have patience with people who annoy me?

Am I trying to see the good side of people I do not like? May I tell them and others?

Do I appreciate the efforts of others, the good they do?

Am I grateful for what I receive from others (especially my parents, my friends)?

Can I accept that someone is different from me – that they have a different opinion?

Am I able – as much as I can – to resist when evil happens? Am I not passive about bad things happening around me?

I like?

Everything can really be summed up in this question: Do I love? Do I love God? Do I love myself? Do I love another person? But to “love” does not just mean “to feel something comfortable” for someone. To love is above all to want the good for someone. Strive to make them happy through concrete actions. It is sometimes difficult to want the good of others with one’s own will. But in confession, God gives you His forgiveness, tells you how much He loves you, and gives you the strength to love better.

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