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Examination of Conscience Based on Catholic Social Teaching

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Call to Family, Community, Participation

Rights and Responsibilities

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers

  • Do I pay a just wage to those who work for me?
  • Do I support basic rights for all workers?
  • Do I do what I can to create jobs that pay a living wage?

Global Solidarity

  • Do I really believe that we are one human family?
  • Do I think and act as if "loving our neighbor" has global dimensions in our interdependent world?
  • Am I more loyal to my country than to my entire human family?
  • Do I let patriotism override concern for the sisters and brothers overseas?
  • Am I open to members of my family marrying someone of a different race?
  • Do I engage in racist jokes, hate speech and verbal putdowns, or listen to them without objecting?

Care of God's Creation

  • Do I walk gently on the earth and use goods sparingly?
  • Am I open to learning about the current economic crises that farmers and small town folks are facing?
  • Is my interest in plant and animal life, and the outdoors weak or non-existent?
  • Do I consider all God's creation holy and in need of care for future generations?
  • Do I use water, electricity and paper conservatively out of respect for God's creation?
  • Am I interested or active in solving the environmental problems of this age?

By Sr. Barbara McCracken, OSB (Benedictine Sisters)
Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, KS 66002
"Celebration" April 2002, published by the National Catholic Reporter.