Guide for Teens

  • Have I rejected or neglected my faith or not bothered to find out more about it? Have I refused to defend my faith, or been embarrassed of it?
  • Have I taken the Lord’s name in vain? Have I experimented with the occult or put my trust in fortune-tellers or horoscopes? Have I shown disrespect for any holy things, places or people?
  • Have I chosen not to attend Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation? Have I left God out by not praying?
  • Have I received Holy Communion with a grave sin on my conscience? Have I received Holy Communion without proper reverence or thanksgiving?
  • Have I been unhelpful at home? Have I lacked love for my parents?
  • Have I been impatient, angry or jealous? Have I fostered resentments or been unwilling to forgive? Have I sulked or given in to sarcasm? Have I been hateful or judgemental in thoughts or deeds?
  • Have I failed to work properly at school? Have I given in to laziness? Have I treated teachers and other adults with disrespect?
  • Have I been violent or taken part in fights? Have I hurt anyone by speaking badly about them or by engaging in gossip on the internet? Have I betrayed secrets or told things simply to hurt others?
  • Have I spoken in an obscene way? Have I looked at obscene magazines, websites or videos? Have I been involved in impure behaviour on my own or with someone else?
  • Have I told lies to excuse myself, to hurt others or make myself look more important?
  • Have I stolen anything? Have I misused or damaged the property of others?
  • Have I been jealous of others, of their looks, their popularity, their good work? Do I set my heart on possessing things?
  • Have I encouraged others to do wrong in any way?
  • Have I consumed alcohol excessively or taken drugs?
  • Have I been vain or selfish in my thoughts or actions?
  • Have I preferred physical comfort to service of others? Have I neglected the responsibility to bring others closer to God through example and word?

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