An Examination of Conscience for Children – Using the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3–11)
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Am I thankful for all that I have?
- Do I thank God for all that I have been given?
- Do I have more than I need? Do I share my abundance?
2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Do I reach out to those who are sad or do I ignore them?
- Do I share my sadness with others and especially with God?
3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Am I gentle or am I sometimes pushy or bossy?
- Am I a bully?
4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Do I stand up for those who are being bullied and do I ignore the situation?
- Do I follow the teachings of Jesus and the Church?
- Do I practice the works of mercy?
5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Do I freely share with others?
- Do I befriend those who are left out or lonely?
- Am I forgiving or do I hold a grudge?
6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Do I put God at the center of my decisions and life?
- Do I think anyone or anything is more important than God?
- Do I live my life according to the teachings of Jesus and the Church?
7. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons and daughters of God.
- Do I value everyone as a child of God?
- Do I try to get along with everyone, especially family, neighbors and classmates?
8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Do I follow the teachings of Jesus and the Church, even if my friends disagree?
- Do I remember that Jesus suffered and died for my sake and the sake of others?
Taken from Seven Frequently Asked Questions About Children and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, written for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Kathleen D. Beuscher, 2010