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If a Master or Mistress.—Have you neglected to watch over the conduct of your servants 1
Have you refused, without necessity, to allow them time to hear mass on Sundays and holydays, or to frequent the sacraments?
Have you overburdened them with work, or treated them injuriously?
The Fifth Commandment.
Have you been guilty of anger or violent passion? And if so, what scandal was given?
Have you desired any one's death, through hatred or malice? or for your temporal interest? How often?
Have you revenged yourself of any one by word or action, or desired revenge, or taken pleasure in the thoughts of it? How often?
Have you provoked, challenged, or struck others, or been guilty of quarrelling or fighting with them? How often? And what mischief have you done them?
Have you borne malice to others, or refused to be reconciled to them? For how long a time? And what sort of evil had you in your heart against them?
Have you procured, or thought to procure a miscarriage? or given any counsel, aid, or assistance thereunto? How often 1
Have you done any thing to shorten your own or any other's life, or to hasten death? or rashly exposed yourself or others to danger? How often?
Have you desired your own death, through passion or impatience? or entertained any thoughts of making away with yourself? or attempted or designed any such thing? How often?
Have you neglected to give alms according to your condition and ability? Or to reclaim sinners when it lay in your power? How often?
Have you been guilty of any spiritual murder, by
M s drawing others into mortal sin? Or have you been accessary to the sins of others, by counsel, or command, or provocation, or any other way 1 How often? And what sins?
Have you given scandal or occasion of sin to others, by lewd or irreligious discourse; by drunkenness or swearing; by immodesty of dress or behaviour, &c.?
N.B.—The circumstance of scandal is generally found in all sins that are known to others, by reason of the force of ill example, which encourages others to sin.
The Sixth Commandment. "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Have you been guilty of any acts of impurity? ( Under this head, all sins against purity must be carefully examined; as well as whatsoever leads to their indulgence or commission.) Have you been guilty of filthy talking? of reading immodest books? of indecency of dress? of looking at unchaste objects? of taking any dangerous or improper liberties?
N.B.—As the sins against this and the Ninth Commandment are most grievous, and, at the same time, most various, the prudent counsel of your director will assist you, if necessary, in a more particular examination.
The Seventh Commandment.
Have you been guilty of stealing, or cheating, or in any way wronging your neighbour in buying or selling, or in any other bargains or contracts? Or have you been accessary to another's committing any such injustice? How often 1 and to what value?
Have you unjustly retained what belonged to another? How long? and to what injury?
Have you caused any damage to your neighbour in his house, cattle, or other goods? How often?
Have you contracted debts without design of paying them; or without any prospect of being able to pay them? Or have you delayed or refused to pay your just debts when you were able? Or have you, by prodigal expenses, rendered yourself unable; and so wronged your creditors, or your own family? How often?
Have you been guilty of negligence in the securing or administering of trusts confided to your care, whether for ecclesiastical, charitable, or other purposes? Has any actual loss resulted from this negligence? To what extent 1 Have you been negligent in the administration of property otherwise entrusted to you, as guardian or administrator? If so, have others thereby suffered? To what extent?
Have you been guilty of usury in the loan of money? How often?
Have you put off false money? How much? How often?
Have you professed any art, or undertaken any business, without sufficient skill or knowledge 1 And what injury has your neighbour suffered from it?
Have you bought or received stolen goods 1 or taken of those who could not give 1 How often?
Have you neglected your work or business to which you were hired, or by contract obliged? How often i and to what injury? Or have you broken your promises in matters of consequence 1
N.B.—In all sins of injustice, whereby you have done any wrong to your neighbour, either in his person or in his goods, or in his character, honour, or good name, you are strictly obliged to make full satisfaction and restitution, if it be in your power; otherwise the sin will not be forgiven.
Have you, then, neglected or delayed, without just cause, to make satisfaction and restitution, when it was in your power? How long?
The Eighth Commandment. "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour." Have you been guilty of telling lies? And whether in any matter of consequence, or to the injury of any one? How often?
Have you been guilty of hypocrisy or dissimulation? How often?
Have you entertained a bad opinion of your neighbour without grounds, or judged rashly of his actions or intentions? How often?
Have you been guilty of backbiting, or uncharitable conversation, by speaking of the known faults of your absent neighbour 1 How often?
Have you been guilty of the sin of detraction, which consists in taking away or lessening your neighbour's reputation by publishing his secret faults or defects? How often have you done so? From what motive? and before how many?
Have you been guilty of calumny, which consists in saying of your neighbour what is false or uncertain t How often? and before how many?
N.B.—In either case, you are obliged to restore his character as far as you are able.
Have you willingly given ear to detraction or calumny? Have you taken pleasure in it? Or in any way encouraged it? Or not hindered it when you might?N How often?
Have you injured your neighbour's honour by reproaches and affronts, or robbed him of his peace of mind by scoffs and derision? How often?
Have you, by carrying stories backwards and forwards, or in any other way, caused misunderstanding or quarrels betwixt others? How often? and to what prejudice?
N.B. — Here, also, judges, lawyers, solicitors, &e., ought to examine themselves, what injustice they may have been guilty of in managing causes, &C. ; as well as accusers, witnesses, &c.
The Ninth Commandment. "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife." Have you taken pleasure in any unchaste thoughts or imaginations? Have you entertained any impure desires or feelings?
The Tenth Commandment.
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods."
Have you desired your neighbour's goods, not caring
whether you had them right or wrong? Or been in a
disposition of stealing, or otherwise wronging him, if it
lay in your power? How often?
Have you desired your neighbour's loss or misfortune, or any public calamity, that you might be the gainer by it? How often?
The Commandments of the Church.
I. Have you neglected to keep holy the days of obligation? Have you worked on those days without necessity, and without leave from your pastor?
II. Have you neglected to hear Mass on Sundays and holydays of obligation? or have you heard it with wilful distractions? or not taken care that your children and servants should hear it? How often?
III. Have you broken the days of abstinence commanded by the Church? or eaten more than one meal on fasting-days? or been accessary to others so doing? How often?
IV., V. Have you neglected to confess your sins once a year? or to receive the blessed sacrament at Easter?
VI. Have you solemnised marriage at the forbidden times? Have you married within the forbidden degrees of kindred? or with any other known impediment?
The Capital or Deadly Sins.
Pride.—Have you been guilty of pride, or complacency in yourself, or contempt of others? How often?
Have you been guilty of vainglory, by doing your actions to procure esteem? How often?
Have you taken delight in the esteem and applause of others? or have you been uneasy and discontented when you did not receive such esteem or applause? How often?
Covelousness.—Have you been guilty of covetousness,