Sometimes I hear people say: “I just don’t know what a sin is anymore?” In a homily shortly after becoming Pope, Pope Francis suggested a number of questions to help us discover where “sin” might be present in our lives. Here are some of those questions Pope Francis suggests we ask ourselves:
Do I only turn to God when I’m in need?
Do I attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation?
Do I begin and end the day with prayer?
Am I embarrassed to show that I am a Christian?
Do I rebel against God’s plan?
Am I envious, hot-tempered, biased?
Am I honest and fair with everyone or do I fuel the “throwaway culture”?
In my marital and family relations, do I uphold morality as taught in the Gospels?
Do I honor and respect my parents?
Do I respect the environment?
Do I overdo it with eating, drinking, smoking and amusements?
Am I overly concerned about my physical well-being, my possessions?
How do I use my time? Am I lazy?
Do I want to be served?
Do I dream of revenge, hold grudges?
Am I meek, humble and a builder of peace?
Every time we go to confession, Pope Francis says, “God embraces us.” May we make use of this Lenten season to allow God to give each one of us a “hug” in the Sacrament of Penance.
Yours in Christ,