how can i see my sins?

DON'T LIVE BLIND - OPEN UP YOUR HEART AND SEE HOW YOU ARE OFFENDING GOD and change

Satan’s entire purpose is to get us to lack contrition for our sins and die. He works hard to get us to commit sin; then, through various ways, he gets us to cover our sins (justify them), so we don’t see them. From there, he removes our understanding of the gravity of our offences, so we loose concern over them and perish into eternal doom. 

If we don’t really understand this, then we won’t be alert looking for our offences…looking for the sins we have hidden or the sins we are trying to justify. We will only see what is blatantly obvious, ignoring the rest of them. Then we will live life being deceived with bounds of offences against God.

Sure there are many sins we will never come to know…but the ones we refuse to see, the ones we love so much that we choose to remain blind to them, those are the ones that will kill us.

The Ugly Truth

If God hasn’t enlightened us to our great sinfulness, then we are still riddled with an incredible amount of hidden sins, sins that we love and sins we justify as good in which we don’t want to see.

This is a reality we must accept if we are to ever come to see our sins. It might be hard to understand that we literally refuse to see who we really are. But this is the truth…sure God won’t allow us to see most of our offences against Him or we would die of horror. But within all of us are bounds of sins that we are expected to see, that we love so much, that most won’t even acknowledge. 

One by one, we must uncover what we have hidden in the dark if we are going to be able to truly repent of these crimes. These are the sins that are killing us….making our judgments, priorities and guidance of ourselves and others all out of order. We must learn what they are.

The Blessed Mother gave St. Ignatius of Loyola spiritual exercises to help us with this exact problem…but for many they are challenging to understand, so St. Anthony Mary Claret wrote an enhancement book called, “The Golden Key to Heaven”, which is greatly helpful for anyone who wishes to come to know their sinfulness and obtain greater contrition for their sins. But no matter 

If we want to see our sins, since now we know we must come to see them if we want to be saved, then we will have to let go of who we think we are and allow God to show us who we really are. And who we really are isn’t pretty.  

It’s a Painful Way

Coming to know our sinfulness is quite painful. It involves letting go of our pride completely, which for most is all we have that has made us happy…so removing it is going to hurt.

This is because most of us have spent our lives trying to build up our pride believing that is the way to happiness. Therefore, trying to see our misery is foreign to us; we like to prove how we are right, and not work to see how we are wrong so we can change. 

Even when we examine our conscience, thinking we want to see our sins, we can hardly see any, or it is just the same sins over and over again, because our desire to see simply isn’t sincere…especially since we think we hardly sin.

But I tell you, we sin and sin and sin and sin….most sins are completely unknown to us and will only be known to God, but like was said, there are certain sins that we must come to see. They are the sins we intentionally hide in the dark because of our great love for them. And this article is meant to help us come to understand our great sinfulness.

By being deceived into thinking it is by our pride that we find happiness, most of us spend our time search for all the “good” within us…ignoring most of our sins. Then wanting to see good, to build ourselves us, and not see sin, when we “try” to see our sins, like in any spiritual exercise, we look for them with prideful hearts, which of course won’t work. So, from loving/thriving off of our pride, we don’t really want to see our ugliness…and are even offended by others who try to show us our misery.

But not to worry, if we want to travel the path to Heaven, we are going to learn how to stop finding our happiness in ourselves, our accomplishments and all of the “good” we do, and we are going to learn how to find our happiness in loving God. So, coming to understand our great sinfulness (misery) won’t lead us to depression but to a humble heart that strive to stop offending God, which leads to true joy. To learn more, please read, “How To Become A Saint.”

Two Kinds of Sins

There are two kinds of sins.

  • Sins we convince ourselves (justify) they are good (not sinful)
  • Sins we know are wrong but we do them anyway

For example: Let’s say a man, Dan, commits an obvious crime. But, so he won’t be found guilty, he comes up with many lies and says someone else did it. He convinces his mother, who doesn’t want to think of her son as doing anything wrong, that he isn’t guilty. Then to protect her son, Dan’s mom begins to deface and persecute the falsely accused innocent victim, trying to force the innocent to admit to a crime he didn’t commit.

There are two very different kinds of sins here. Dan, who knows exactly what he has done wrong and does it anyway, even allowing an innocent person to suffer because of him and cause his mom distress as she tries to seek justice for him. But his mom, who wants to live in a false reality (refuses to see obvious sin), who has convinced herself that protecting her son’s reputation and pride (making him happy) is the right thing to do.

And to do this–to make her son feel loved (instead of promoting understanding/forgiveness), she condones Dan’s outrage at who she thinks is guilty, but of course is innocent, since he refuses to admit to the crime. Now, Dan’s mom is an unwitting accomplice in the deceptive plans of evil her son has created to hide his guilt.

Now, both Dan and his mother are harming an innocent person for self-gain. Dan does this to benefit his pride by not wanting to humbly admit to his crime and take responsibility for it (not wanting to humbly suffer because of his sin). His mother does this to boost her pride, since she does not want to admit she has a son that sins. From being deceived as to what true love is, since she feels making the one she loves happy, even if it hurts another, is good, she sins to supposedly love.

But Dan’s sin has a much greater guilt/punishment attached to it, since it is driven from direct maliciousness, because he clearly knows it is wrong to harm another to love himself. But his mom’s guilt/punishment is less since she has convinced herself that her very sinful actions are justifiable (good/actually loving) from misguided love.

These are two very different kinds of evil. But both are deadly. However, one is driven from straight evil and the other is directed by the anti-christ (pretends to be doing good but it is far from it).

We are going to have to learn how to see both of these kinds of sins in our lives too if we wish to come to truly repent of them..for the salvation of our souls. Please don’t think we don’t have both of them, we do…and for most of us, we have them in a big way. Perhaps they aren’t a sinister plot of evil that harm another to benefit ourselves, like in the example, but how many things do we wrong knowing they are wrong but we just don’t care.

How many government laws do we ignore…when God told us to give to Ceaser what is Ceasers. Yes, ignoring any government law to bring benefit to ourselves is loving sin…sin that OFFENDS GOD. This isn’t just venial and no big deal. This is sin…we should want to amend. Please don’t be deceived.

Therefore, we must come to see the sins we know are wrong but do them anyway, which are all directed by evil. And we must also come to see the sins that we justify as good, because we don’t want to see the truth, in which we are being influenced by the anti-christ. To learn more please read, “What Does Evil Look Like.”

Both are quite deadly, but the sins moved by the anti-christ–the ones’ we have lied to ourselves convincing ourselves they aren’t even sinful, are the hardest to truly repent of, because we don’t want to see them. Therefore, seek to know your sins…knowing you have MANY of them by looking for them.

Oh, How Hard it is Too See

I can’t explain how hard it is for us to see our sin. I want to stress this point because if we don’t realize we are most certainly constantly lying to ourselves, we will never look into our actions to see reality.

Yes, since we have spent our life trying to not see, coming to see is going to be unbelievably hard.

Like was said, the reason we can’t see is because we have been searching for happiness in all the wrong places thinking happiness come from building up our pride. 

We have been trained from young to thrive off our pride. And until we come to know God, we will seek self-value and happiness from our pride (complements, success, love from others, acceptance, etc.), since we have nothing else (no God) to live for. 

But when we come to know God, we should seek to surrender our pride, so we can learn how to find happiness in loving GodTo learn more please read, “How Can I Find True Happiness.”

But most have never learned how to lose our pride. Now, we try to love God and love our sinful selves at the same time, which just doesn’t work. So, we live confused…trying to grow in faith without gaining humility (knowledge of our sinfulness), causing to live greatly deceived and blind to the truth. 

Therefore, coming to see how we aren’t successful (but sinful) is most difficult for us. Now, most of us become defensive if someone corrects us. We find every excuse in the world why we haven’t done something…how we are right, especially if someone under us corrects us. 

Sometimes, we will put down another who dares to tell us we are doing something wrong, calling them names and accuse them of being the one with the problem or self-righteous or worse…oh, if someone dares to speak to us about our wrongs, many are grosly offended. We don’t want to see.

Some of us live with such a false reality of who we are, the truth will be devastating…However, this shock should give us the boost in humility we need to begin to truly change. 

Oh, but please don’t think we aren’t one of the people living in a great false reality or we will never be able to see. I promise you, unless you approach this honest search within in your soul to see your fantastic misery….seeking to know believing–nothing I do is truly good–then you won’t have the humility needed to progress.

We need to be open this journey believing we are the most deceived person there is…blind, blind, blind. In great need of Our Savior to enlighten us to the truth. With this understanding that we need help and a willingness to accept reality, no matter what it is, we will begin to see.

How Easy it is to See, IF WE WANT TO

Seeing our sinfulness is really rather easy once we understand everything we do–if grace isn’t moving us–is broken. Like I said God won’t allow us to see everything, but seeking what God wills (with out becoming over scruplious) isn’t hard at all.

We just have to look. Our sins are most easily seen by looking at our reactions to life. We can see how that is our happiness. Just look at our responses to live. With complements we are all happy, with critizem we are all distressed. Yes, our reactions to like 

Tests

To come to see our sins, God tests us. Through out all time, God has tested us so we can see our sinfulness. He doesn’t want us to live blind (thinking we truly love Him when we don’t). These tests are to enlighten us to our real self–our ugly sinful self–so can come to know our misery and then seek Mercy to forgive and change us into people of true faith.

We clearly see how God tested the Israelites in the dessert by removing their comforts so they could see if they TRULY loved and trusted in God…if even under distress they would have gratitude for all He has done for them and still love Him…so they could see if the faith they thought they had was true. But they proved to be stiffed necked people who complained against The Lord and began to look for happiness even in another god–forgetting about what the true God has done for them. 

No matter what time in history we are talking about, ONLY those who Truly love God obtain Heaven..and we don’t truly love God if we hate what He allows and run to other god’s (the world’s pleasures) looking for happiness. 

Moses said to the people: “Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments.”

God tests us in the same way today, but are we seeing our sins through His tests? For most of us, the answer is no. We don’t know how to look at our responses to life’s crosses and see our failures to love God. We ignore our bad behavior or cover our sins and justify away our crimes against God as being not even wrong. 

If we want to ever come to see our sins, we need to stop saying our sinful responses in life are “just normal” and stop justifying our sinful choices as not even sins and start calling our sin what they are, “grievous offences against God.” Then we will able to seek Mercy to change us and give us a saving faith.

Complaining and being unwilling to suffer if God wills, isn’t just a normal response…no God clearly showed us that is a horrible offence against God…He was so angry with them Moses had to pray for mercy so God wouldn’t destroy them (send them to Hell as they wanted)…so to give them another chance to change. That, complaining and ingratitude they showed to the Lord their God, who has done such marvles for them, is only a normal response for those who lack love and trust in God….for those who don’t have a saving faith.

Therefore, for God to show us our sins, for ourselves to become humbled enough, so our pride won’t refuse to see them, God must crush us, through many tests.

“Those whose spirit [pride] is crushed he will save.” (Psalm 34)

Then from realizing we aren’t the great person we think we are–after we fail a few tests (come to see some sins) and failure to understand The Way–we can be more opened to seeing additional errors and learn The Truth. Then from finally being able to see our misery and humbly turning to God for help, He can sincerely help us repent and change.

“I do not give him this knowledge [of his misery] so that he may despair, but so that he may come to a perfect self-knowledge and shame for his sins, with hope, so that with that pain and knowledge he may pay for his sins, and appease My anger, humbly begging My mercy.”

–God the Father to St. Catherine of Sienna

Knowing our sinfulness is essential for salvation. Dying with just ONE sin we refuse to see ejects God’s most merciful gift of Eternal Life for that sin.

God wants us to see our great sinfulness, so we can honestly repent, but we must welcome this act of mercy into our hearts even if it will cause much pain.

We have such a hard time seeing our sins, because we want to be good. We don’t want ourselves or others to see ourselves as sinners. That is why the sacrament of reconciliation is so valuable, we have the oppertunity to tell ourselves and others and of course God, how sinful we are.

How many times has God tried to humble us into seeing our sinfulness, but we just won’t listen. Someone tells us we are doing something wrong, and we are so quick to say, “no, I didn’t.” We don’t want to see.

This is because we haven’t learned how to look honestly into ourselves but are so good at distracting our minds looking at everyone else as we unknowingly pride ourselves as not doing what they do.

Oh, it is hard work to bring to the light what we have hidden so well in the dark.

If we don’t really want to know our misery, which is going to bring about hurt, shock and sadden us, then don’t even proceed; we still won’t see enough to allow God to save our souls.

Do I sound harsh? Well, I’m trying to be harsh so the weak will leave and gain some courage before proceeding.

If done correctly, this process is going to crush us. I mean crush us. There is no gentle way (one that causes no pain) to see our great sinfulness. If we want to protect our feelings, then we don’t really want to know who we are and what we need to amend, and are still thinking we can somehow escape death.

If we are still so weak that we can’t bear the truth that we are less than wonderful, and most likely committing abominations against Our Lord…all the long as we live deceived thinking we are outside of mortal sin, then this process simply ins’t going to work.

Salvation isn’t for the weak.

Some poor deceived people make Jesus out to be some big teddy bear, who only says the kind fluffy things that make us feel good, who would never tell us we are “liars” (cf. John 8:4) or “fools” (cf. Matthew 7:26) or “abominations” (cf. Luke 16:15). If we have mistakenly done this, we simply aren’t reading The Word with eyes that can see The Truth…oh, that evil one is cunning.

God is most loving, patient, tolerant and kind…but does that mean He doesn’t preach the direct truth? Not at all. Actually, anyone who has come to know something of God, knows along with all of those qualities, He is also, quite demanding, blunt and only patient and tolerant until a point…then when we just don’t learn by His more gentle hand, He will scare us hopefully in to submission with His almighty power as The Word clearly shows us.

God will tolerate our weakness (lack of humility) for a while, but He intends to make us strong. If we have read this website and now want to know our misery, if we really want to know what we must repent and change from, so to hopefully gain enough fear of the Lord to give you a real desire to amend, so God can save us, then we must already be strong enough to handle the real truth…or we will still just justify our sins away because we can’t stand the painful reality of who we are and the sins we really love.

We must be willing to accept the fact that this honest look into our souls is going to cause us to feel horrible about ourselves (in a good way) and most likely cause us to need to remove what we enjoy most in life.

If we aren’t willing to see what terrible children of God we really are and how little we really love God…if we aren’t willing to surrender all we run to for happiness (our idols) so to truly love God and not the world, then we must surrender to the reality of our eternal demise instead, so we can keep what is killing us.

Great Joy

However, if we are willing to honestly see and admit our horrendous sinfulness and are willing to remove all of our deadly attachments, then GREAT JOY awaits us. Oh, we won’t loose our incredible sadness over our sins…and people just won’t understand why we are so crushed from our misery, but along side of knowing our horrible sinfulness, God–at the same time–will fill us with such great hope for salvation, we will be filled with wonderful peace.

Then after after we seek mercy to remove some of our horrid sins and much sin leaves, our relationship with God will improve GREATLY. God will envelop us with such love it will be beyond any joy or pleasure we could possible receive from any worldly indulgence. And if we continue repenting and changing–growing in greater love of God and contrition for our sins–until our last hour, we will receive the reward of Eternal Life. Praise God for wonderful self-knowledge.

We Can’t Live the Lie

But yet, sadly most won’t obtain this joy. Many “say” we want to see our sins, but for most our desire simply isn’t true. Some we will see a few sins, only for a moment, and know our great need for mercy. Then from still having a great love for sin, we will go right back to living our life just the same…not motivated to change but re-justifying our life of sin.

Most don’t want to see our failures to live a faithful, devout life, and work hard to change, since we prefer to think we are good, but in reality, we are dying from blindness because of it.

We all have different sins that are killing us, but most have come to pride ourselves on the “good” we do, and we are now neglecting our souls–not working to truly live the faith, and suffer from presumption of salvation and are perishing into eternal anguish.

“A man reckons himself as devout because he repeats many prayers daily, although at the same time he does not refrain from all manner of angry, irritating, conceited or insulting speeches among his family and neighbors.

This [other] man freely opens his purse in almsgiving [donating money], but closes he heart to all gentle and forgiving feelings towards those who are opposed to him; while that [other] one is ready enough to forgive his enemies, but will never pay his rightful debts save [unless] under pressure. Nevertheless, they are in no true sense really devout.”

–St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church

Oh, we don’t want to be like that…ignoring our sinfulness because of the “good” we see ourselves doing, thinking we are devout. But tragically, most of us do just that. We will have to work hard to change especially at first before we receive much of God’s grace. But after receiving God’s mercy, God’s yoke will become easy and His burden light. 

What is a Sin?

Before we can see our sins, we need to learn what is a sin.

A sin: is doing or desiring anything that isn't to know, serve, or love God...any thing in our thoughts, words, or actions that isn't for God's honor and glory.

Ponder that statement for a little…a sin is anything we do that isn’t to better know, serve or love God. A sin is anything we do for self-love….anything not for God’s honor and glory.

“Whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Yikes! How much do we do that doesn’t fit into that category? Everything outside of that is a sin.

Some people will want to know if something is a sin and will receive very poor instruction, since those guiding us quite confused and are actually justify bounds of crimes we commit against God. Knowing if something is sinful or not is really quite simple. If we don’t do something for God…truly for His honor and glory, it is most certainly a sin. Please don’t be deceived.

Remember we are supposed to give our life to God…not ourselves but seeking to become a true Christian, who does everything like Christ. This is our goal for literally every, thought, word or deed we have.

If we still aren’t sure if what we are doing is truly good, then look into the mirror and ask ourselves if what we are doing, thinking or saying is what Jesus or a perfect saint would do so Christ and His love could dwell in us and not our sinful desires.

“I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).

Another great way to see ourselves is to ask ourselves, if someone else were to look at you, listen to you, or know your thoughts, would they say, “yes, you are a true saint, who truly loves God with all of their heart and their neighbor as themselves”? Would someone say you dress like a saint (modestly), speak like a saint (reserved, pure, without slander or idol chatter), think like a saint (in constant prayer so to not do anything outside of God’s will), and work like a saint (hard for the salvation of souls)? If not we must change…those are our sins.

Anything that a saint wouldn’t do we don’t want to do either.

So lets look into our life and our time, how are we spending our precious time; is it with God-doing His will or with the world and its pleasures? Have we made God what we truly desire?

How about that show we chose to watch before we went to bed last night? Why did we watch that? Was it to know, serve or love God? If not, then we desire the world over God.

Not sure why we do what we do? Then ask yourself, do we think God wants us to relax with the world or with Him before we sleep? Who or what do we desire/long for at the end of our day? Is it God or some thing else? Perhaps we seek time with a loved one or some other useless worldly pleasure?

Have we made our family/friends our idols? Is that really what our hearts desire? Maybe it is our lustful passions? We prove what we desire by our actions. Oh, how easy it is to long for them and not God.

Where is our heart…is it truly with God or sadly still with the world?

Our Justifications

The main reason we can’t see our sins is because we try to justify them. 

If the saints don’t do or wouldn’t do something, why do we justify our behavior, which is opposed to theirs, as acceptable?

Just look at ourselves. What are our priorities? Doing God’s will alone? Oh, we might say that but our reality is far different. What is it that we do which is opposed to the saints? Are we concerned with vanity? Do we seek to look good and feel good…have nice clothes, a nice car, nice friends, nice food, nice things, nice piggy bank? Was this what the saints sought after. No, the saints sought the opposite of those things…just like Christ. There focus was completely off of themselves and 100% focused on them being seen as nothing so Christ could be everything. But we don’t even see wanting those “nice” things as sinful…well let me explain:

People in general don’t want to do wrong, so the reason we constantly sin is because we have justified our sins as good. Therefore, we need to come to see how we rationalize our sins if we want to see them.

For example: From coming to see her great sinfulness, a wife has learned how to obtain salvation and has amended many of her ways. However, her husband hasn’t grown to this place in his spiritual life. So to try to save his soul, she has tried to enlighten him to his errors so he can change and walk towards the path of Life. 

At first, from his pride, he was offended at such “help,” but over time–from seeing her change and her great efforts to see her own sins–he humbled himself enough to at least listen to her.

Yet, she finds her words mostly in vain because he simply does’t want to see his sinfulness and comes up with a different justification as to why he isn’t sinning with almost every word of enlightenment or proof she gives.

This is sadly common for two reasons…we like our sin and don’t want to stop committing them and/or we don’t want to think of ourselves as a sinner. 

We tend to become most offended and defensive when sins we love the most or want to hide are brought to the light. The more upset or defensive we become towards someone accusing us of sinning, even if their claim isn’t true (but we should never assume such a thing–always carefully examine our conscience for even part truths), however, we we are upset, if nothing else our poor reaction to correction lets us know of our great deadly pride we suffer from (not wanting to be corrected or be seen as less than who we believe we are).

This upsetness we experience should be a great eye opener for those of us who want to see our sinfulness, but have not yet received enough grace to immediately be grateful for such criticism. Therefore, if we want to see, we must pay attention to our emotions…they can tell us much.

Many of us are at least humble enough to think about what someone said later, even if they initially became angry, so to have at least some hope of not remaining blind. But even for those who can reflect later on what was said, for us to stay concerned over our sin–enough to put forth effort to change–takes much grace, which sadly, most don’t have. Sadly, most only stay concerned for a moment and then all concern over their sin/salvation (fear of the Lord) leaves and they resume their life with little or no change. 

Until our pride is crushed and we truly see our doom is evident, we won’t acknowledge our sinfulness, even if we think we don’t want to sin; we like to pride ourselves as being not very sinful. Therefore, when someone shows us our misery, we don’t want to look if in fact they are correct and admit we are sinning, so we look for how we aren’t sinning instead.

This is the mind set of death. I can’t express how we must banish this “I didn’t do it” attitude our pride drives us into thinking. We must work hard seeking God’s grace to stop reacting to our emotions (especially if we lack grace to naturally desire to see our misery) and listen WANTING TO LEARN OUR SINFULNESS or we will die blind. This is especially important when someone below us in society status speaks to us, as much of the time God speaks His most impactful words to us through the least of His children. 

When someone talks to us, please know that moment is allowed by God for us to learn for the salvation of our souls. What does God want to teach us is the question? There are so many things. But perhaps, this person might have great enlightenment for us or perhaps they might not. But we need to be ready if they God is going to use them to help us see our sinfulness or not. 

If we don’t listen wanting to love them and learn, we won’t hear God speaking to us. If they say something meant to show us our sinfulness, and our pride won’t listen to them, then we miss God sending His love to us and we will just continue blindly in our life of sin. 

“It is pleasing to God when a man begins to notice His actions in the heart, because He is the Light and the Truth, whilst the Devil especially fears this, being himself darkness and falsehood; and the darkness cannot come to the light for fear its doing shall be revealed. The Devil is powerful only through darkness, deceit, and falsehood; reveal his falsehood, place it before the light, and all will disappear.”

–St. John of Kronstadt

The Causes of Sin

If we want to know what causes us to sin…here it is. The lack of hatred for sin is the main reason we sin, which is from our desire to sin (concupiscence CCC #405, #418) which results in our idols, neglect and maliciousness.


Lets look at the three main causes of sin and what they are:

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Want of Pleasure

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Take the Test

Ok, since we have such a hard time seeing our sins, I have a test to help us. This test can be very enlightening, if done correctly.

I have two tests.. The tests, “How Well Do You Know _________ [fill in your name]”  is for ourselves and someone else who knows us pretty well…a spouse, child, parent, friend, colleague, etc.  The more opinions you can get about you, the better.

This test is to find out more concretely what we and others think we like, love, hate, desire…what angers us, brings us joy, causes us to sin, what we like to do and don’t like to do, what we do for others, what we like others doing for us, how we show we care, what we don’t care about, and much more. All of these answers, the positives and negitives will help us to see our sinfulness.

I can’t tell us how to read or use the test before it is taken or it will ruin the test and make it ineffective (at least the part we will fill out). Therefore, PLEASE DON’T READ the “How to Use This Test” before it is taken. Its like cheating on a test and it is guaranteed to taint our answers.

Also, please only tell someone, whom you give the test to, that this is to help you know yourself better and you would appreciate their blatant honesty…nothing more. Plus, this test isn’t good to give to someone who can’t be honest and is known for over complementing and placating others trying to make people happy.

Test Link

The First Thing

When we are first looking to remove our sins, we only need to worry about amending what God has allowed us to see, unless of course we can’t see any. But even then, a standard examination is good enough. Click this link for basic examination of conscience for help.

A regurlar examination–the basic, intermediary and then advance examination–is enough, if we have desire.

This in-depth look into our sinfulness isn’t necessary to start amending. However, this in-depth look into our soul is mostly done to help us to understand our great misery so to increase our understanding of our eternal doom that awaits us if we don’t change. And therefore increases our desire to leave sin to follow God.

But like I said, it isn’t needed to begin walking towards the path of Life, if we do have a great desire to amend our ways.