|Set aside some quiet time for serious and thorough self-examination.|
|Write things down; it will help you get a better perspective on your particular issues and concerns.|
|Ask yourself if you really believe that the teachings of Christ are practical and applicable to your life in the world. Get specific.|
|Review events or situations in the past that you feel you could have handled better (i.e. in a Christ-centered way), in terms of your behavior, actions, attitudes and the kinds of decisions you made.|
|Review how you have responded to other people: With compassion or with disdain? With understanding or hostility? Selfishly or generously? Get specific.|
|Consider what is the only sin or the several sins which you feel most dominate your life.|
|Recite the penitential Psalm 50(51) to help in your prayers.|
Taken from "Challenge", Orthodox Observer, March 1995.
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