“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Revelation 22:12




“Look, I am coming soon,

bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.”


– Revelation 22:12 (NLT)






What the Lord really wants is for us to be just, merciful and be faithful.

Through regular examination of conscience

we can make sure that we do not get lost in what is basically of little consequence,

while failing to notice and to practice what is really important.

We may excel in the day-to-day practice of our religious duties,

but our private attitude and behaviour may be more than lacking.


If we make it a habit of humbly examining our conscience every day – briefly, but thoroughly

– we will overcome any latent hypocrisy in our heart

as well as a consequent distorted and self-focused vision.


A daily examination of conscience is an indispensable help

if we are to follow Our Lord with sincerity of heart and integrity of life.


A daily examination of conscience will help us discover

the hidden origins of our obvious failures in our actions or in our demonstrations of love;

the hidden roots of our gloom and bad temper;

our lack of piety…

All of these may crop up quite often in our lives,

and so we need to repeatedly and faithfully acknowledge the omnipresent Holy Spirit

and allow Him to help us identify our failings as Christians

and to help us find and embrace the remedies which will change us

and make us more like Christ.






“By [an examination of conscience]

do I see and become enlightened,

that I avoid dangers and correct faults,

and that I set my ways right.

By it do I flood my soul with light and bring light to bear upon everything;

and thus I cannot abide in evil, but I am bound to do the truth,

that is to say, to advance in piety.”


– Fr. Joseph Tissot






Holy Spirit, Cleansing Fire, purify my heart and flood my soul with Your penetrating light.




[*] Today’s reflection is sourced from the seven-volume work “In Conversation with God” by Padre Francisco Fernández Carvajal.

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