An Examination Of Conscience For Married Couples

Help us learn, Lord, to occasionally set aside some time to take a good and honest look at ourselves.

We want to get into the habit of periodically examining our conscience.

How are we doing, Lord?

Are we fulfilling the goals, hopes, and dreams we had when we were first married?

Are we living the way we thought we would or are we falling short of our original expectations?

Have we been communicating openly and honestly, or have we been guilty of locking each other out?

Have we been accepting our share of the responsibilities and duties of married life without grumbling and complaining?

Have we been guilty of spending too much time in pursuits that are selfish or insensitive to the needs of our loved ones?

Are we being fair to our partner?

Are we being open-minded? understanding? thoughtful? considerate?

Have we been too demanding lately?
too impatient?
too jealous?
too stubborn?
too crabby?

Are we guilty of being self-centered? self-pitying? self-righteous?

Do we often take time to listen?
to be aware?
to be sensitive?
to share?

When was the last time we voiced the words:
“I love you.”
“I like to be with you.”
“I like the way you look.”
“I’m so glad I married you.”

When was the last time we went out of our way
to praise our partner?
to kiss him/her?
to hug him/her?
to make him/her feel good about himself/herself?

If we could exchange places with our partner, would we find life enjoyable and satisfying or would we find it difficult and disappointing?

Remind us, Lord, to often stop and ask ourselves if we would truly enjoy living day after day with a person who is exactly like us.

(Renee Bartkowski)

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