'Because your sins have offended your loving Creator who died to make you His divine child. Your sins are the cause of His painful, bloody death on the Cross. Your grave sins cause the loss of friendship between you and God, and the loss of the greatest treasure in your soul: grace, God’s gift of divine life, greater than the natural universe!'
So continues the series of excellent one-page leaflets explaining vital aspects of the Catholic Faith, available here (pdf). Background information about the leaflets can be read here. As it is difficult to examine ones conscience, this leaflet gives a simple guide based on the 10 Commandments:
1st – 3rd: Disrespect for God. No total love for God. Self-centered, not God-centered. Missing prayers, Sunday Mass, other duties to God. Superstition.Distrust, disbelief in God. Communion in mortal sin. Idolatry. 4th: Disrespect, disobedience to parents and authorities. Neglect of family and social duties. Poor religious and moral education. 5th: Indifference to the spiritual and bodily needs of others. Wishing evil on others. Harming, bullying someone. Bad example. Overeating. Hatred. Substance abuse. Drunkenness. Self-mutilation. Thoughts of suicide. Murder. Abortion. 6th and 9th: Impure thoughts, desires. Immodesty. Porn. Masturbation. Denial, abuse of marriage rights. Contraception. Premarital, extramarital sex. Homosexual acts. 7th and 10th: Wasting time at work. Indifference to the poor. Envy. Cheating. Stealing. Not returning, damaging other’s property. Not paying debts. Materialism. Paying unjust wages. 8th: Lying. Gossiping. Calumny. Destroying the good name of another.
For a pdf of two leaflets about Confession, please click the image below: