Examination of Conscience



To maintain ourselves in this state of self-abasement without any danger of falsehood or self-deception, the remark of the Seraphic Patriarch St Francis will be of much avail. Being asked by his companion how he could, with truth, call himself the greatest sinner in the world, seeing that he had never fallen into any of the crimes which others commit, he replied: “I believe, and hold for certain, that, had God dealt with the vilest assassin in the world with the like mercy which He has shown to me, this man would have served Him more faithfully, and be more pleasing in His eyes than I now am. Further, it is my firm conviction that if God were to withdraw His holy hand from me, I should fall into enormities beyond anything that has yet been committed.”