Youthful Reflections: A Comprehensive Guide to the Young Adult Examination of Conscience

Feb 15, 2023


Welcome to Behind the Veil Christian Ministries' comprehensive guide to the Young Adult Examination of Conscience at St. Michael Church. As a young adult navigating life's challenges, it is essential to cultivate self-awareness and spiritual growth. This guide aims to assist you in this journey by providing detailed reflections on important aspects of life and faith.

Why the Examination of Conscience Matters

The Examination of Conscience is an invaluable tool for young adults seeking to deepen their relationship with God and live a life aligned with their beliefs. By honestly examining our thoughts, attitudes, and actions, we gain insights into areas where we can grow and become better versions of ourselves.

1. Reflecting on Our Relationship with God

As young adults, it is crucial to evaluate our connection with God. This examination allows us to consider how much time and effort we invest in nurturing this relationship. Are we setting aside enough time for prayer and contemplation? Are there any distractions or negative influences that hinder our spiritual growth?

1.1 Fostering a Prayerful Life

Prayer is the foundation of our connection with God. Whether it's through traditional prayers, spontaneous conversations, or meditative practices, prayer helps us cultivate a deeper understanding of ourselves and our Creator. It is important to prioritize prayer and seek spaces of silence and solitude to hear God's voice.

1.2 Nurturing Our Relationship with Scripture

The Bible serves as a guidebook for our lives. As young adults, we can immerse ourselves in Scripture to find answers, seek guidance, and draw inspiration. Regularly reading, studying, and reflecting on Scripture helps us grow in faith and equips us with wisdom to face life's challenges.

2. Living a Life of Virtue

In this section, we explore various virtues that young adults can embrace to lead a life of purpose and moral integrity. By cultivating virtues, we become better equipped to handle life's trials and make a positive impact in our communities.

2.1 Practicing Kindness and Compassion

Kindness and compassion are essential virtues in building healthy relationships and fostering a harmonious society. We reflect on how we treat others, whether we extend a helping hand to those in need, and if our interactions are marked by empathy and understanding.

2.2 Pursuing Justice and Social Responsibility

As young adults, we have the power to effect change in society. Reflecting on issues of social justice allows us to identify areas where we can make a difference. Are we actively engaging in efforts to combat inequality, discrimination, and injustice? How are we using our talents and resources to uplift those in marginalized communities?

3. Navigating Challenges and Temptations

The journey of a young adult is not without its challenges. In this section, we explore common struggles faced by young adults and offer reflections on how to overcome them with faith and resilience.

3.1 Battling Anger and Impatience

Anger and impatience often cloud our judgment and hinder healthy relationships. Through self-reflection, we can identify the triggers and underlying causes of our anger. This examination allows us to develop strategies and seek God's grace to cultivate patience, forgiveness, and understanding.

3.2 Resisting Temptations and Negative Influences

Young adulthood can be a time of experimentation and exposure to various temptations. By reflecting on our choices, behaviors, and the company we keep, we can discern which influences align with our values and strengthen our relationship with God. What temptations do we struggle with, and how can we overcome them?


The Young Adult Examination of Conscience offers us an opportunity for self-awareness, growth, and spiritual enrichment. By engaging in this reflective journey, we develop a deeper understanding of ourselves, our purpose, and our relationship with God. As we navigate the challenges of young adulthood, may the steps outlined in this guide empower us to lead lives filled with love, compassion, and faith.

Thank you for providing this valuable guide for young adults.
Nov 8, 2023