The Ten Commandments

Sometimes we need a little reminder of how we all break the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1-17).

Here are some suggestions:
The First Commandment
I am the Lord thy God, Who brought thee out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

Do I give God enough time every day in prayer?
Do I seek to love Him with my whole heart?
Do I seek to accept happily God’s Word as taught in Holy Scripture?
Have I received Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin?
Have I ever deliberately told a lie or withheld a mortal sin in Confession?
Have I been angry with God?
Do I trust that God will care for all of my material and spiritual needs?
Do I have excessive love for money, jewelry, cars, food, drugs, sex, etc., more than for God?
Have I been involved with superstitious occult practices, like fortunetellers, tea-leaf readers, horoscopes, astrology, ouija board?

The Second Commandment
Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that shall take the Name of the Lord his God in vain.

Have I used God’s Name in vain, lightly or carelessly?
Have I used the Name of Jesus scurrilously, as in swearing, or abbreviations like “Gee”etc.?
Have I said that “God said…” when I knew God did not say!

The Third Commandment
Remember that thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
Six days shalt thou labor, and shalt do all thy works.
But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work on it.

Do I keep the Precepts of the Church?
Do I attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation?
Do I go to Confessions at least once a month?
Do I go to Holy Communion at least once a month, and during the Easter season?
Do I keep holy the Holy Days of Obligation?
Do I observe the prescribed days of fast and abstinence?
Have I done unnecessary work, like mowing the lawn, or have I been involved in commerce, revelry, sports and gambling on the Sabbath or Holy Days?
Do I contribute to the upkeep of the Church with tithing and charitable works of mercy?

The Fourth Commandment
Honor thy father and thy mother,
as the Lord thy God has commanded thee,
that thou may live a long time, and it may be well with thee.

Do I honor, obey and respect my parents?
Have I neglected my duties to my spouse and my children?
Have I given my family good religious example?
Do I bring peace to my home life, not speaking ill of any one?
Do I care for and assist my brothers and sisters?
Do I care for my aged and infirm relatives?
Am I obedient to those in authority over me?
Do I seek to boss and control others outside of my authority?

The Fifth Commandment
Thou shalt not kill.

Have I used any method of contraception or artificial birth control?
Have I mutilated myself through any form of sterilization?
Have I been guilty of masturbation?
Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?
Have I had an abortion or encouraged anyone to have an abortion?
Do I support or vote for those (like politicians and medical (personnel) who advocate abortion, homosexual activities, homosexual marriages, and/or contraception?
Have I assisted or recommended euthanasia, or other kinds of killing.
Have I harmed anyone physically?
Did I give scandal to anyone, thereby leading them into sin?
Have I been angry or resentful, or slandered anyone?
Have I harbored hatred in my heart?

The Sixth Commandment
Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Have I been faithful to my marriage vows, in desire, thoughts and action?
Have I engaged in any unlawful sexual activity in marriage?
Have I engaged in any sexual activity outside of marriage?
Do I seek to be chaste in my thoughts, words and actions?
Have I sought to control dangerous thoughts, such as lust?
Am I careful to dress so as to avoid an immodest suggestion?
Do I respect all members of the opposite sex?
Have I thought of other people as sex objects?
Have I supported or condoned in any way homosexual (‘same sex’) ‘marriages’?
If I am divorced or separated:
Have I asked forgiveness for offending my spouse in our elationship?
Have I asked forgiveness for being offended by my spouse?
Do I recognize my part in the failure of my marriage?
Do I accept responsibility for the failure of my marriage?

The Seventh Commandment
Thou shalt not steal.

Do I steal the innocence of children.
Do I do a full day’s work for a full day’s pay?
Have I stolen what is not mine?
Do I take “small” things home from work.
Have I returned or made restitution for what I have stolen?
Do I waste time at work, school, or at home, to the injury of myself and others?
Do I gamble excessively, thereby denying my family of their needs?
Do I pay my debts promptly?
Am I sincere in my dealings with others?
Do I seek to share what I have with the poor?

The Eighth Commandment
Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Have I told lies, or exaggerated, or gossiped?
Have I spoken injuriously behind someone else’s back?
Am I uncharitable in my thoughts towards of others?
Do I keep secret what should be kept confidential?

The Ninth Commandment
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.

Have I consented to impure thoughts, undue speech or attention about co-workers or others?
Have I caused impure thoughts by reading, movies or conversation?
Do I seek to control my dangerous imagination?
Do I pray to banish impure thoughts and temptations?

The Tenth Commandment
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods,
nor his field, nor his employees, nor any thing that is his.

Have I enticed an employee of another firm to come to work for my firm.
Have I enhanced my position at the expense of my others.
Am I jealous or envious of others’ possessions or families?
Am I greedy or selfish?
Are material possessions the purpose of my life?

The Seven Cardinal Virtues are:
Faith; Hope; Charity; Prudence; Fortitude; Justice; Temperance.

The seven deadly sins are:
Pride; Lust; Greed; Anger; Sloth; Envy; Gluttony.

Have I overcome the seven deadly sins with the seven Cardinal virtues?
Have I replaced pride with faith? (Pride is the worship of the god of human reason and haughtiness, of technology and progress).
Lust with hope? (Lust offers worship to the god of sexuality and impurity).
Greed with charity? (Greed worships the god of money).
Anger with prudence (sound judgement and conduct)? (Anger worships the god of discord and division. It causes one to be aggressive, assertive, resentful, bitter, and argumentative).
Sloth with fortitude? (Sloth disseminates the worship of fear of public opinion and of exploitation).
Envy with justice? (Envy offers worship to the idol of war and of violence).
Gluttony with temperance? (Gluttony offers worship to the so highly extolled idols of hedonism, of materialism and of pleasure).