The Ten Commandments
(Exodus 20:1-17)
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The following is meant as a memory aid for someone who is preparing for Confession. It draws on the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) but is not literal rendition of them.

1. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods beside me.

  • Do I worship God in spirit and truth and give God the praise due him?
  • Am I angry with God or resentful toward him because of illness or other misfortunes?
  • Do I make a god out of my work, my possessions, my money or my image in the eyes of others so that these rule my life instead of God?
  • Have I tried to grow in the knowledge of God through daily prayer and scripture reading?
  • Have I dabbled in the occult or given credibility to horoscopes, ouija boards,channelling, tarot cards, or fortune telling?

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

  • Have I been hypocritical by adhering to a ritualistic observance while my heart has been far from God?
  • Have I resorted to profane language by cursing and swearing?
  • In conversation, have I passively allowed slander and jokes aimed at demeaning religion, the Church or God's authority?

3. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy?

  • Have I allowed myself to become so dominated by my work or chores that I have not set aside Sunday for spiritual and family activities?
  • Have I attended Mass every Sunday?
  • In my prayer and attendance at the liturgy, am I content with a passive observance rather than devoting myself to genuine worship of the Lord?

4. Honor your father and your mother.

  • As a young person in the family home, do I listen to, respect, and obey my parents when they instruct me?
  • As an adult, do I visit and care for my parents in their old age?
  • Do I harbor short-term or long-standing resentments toward my parents?
  • Do I blame my parents for my own shortcomings?

5. You shall not kill.

  • Have I ever struck anyone in anger, intending to injure the person?
  • Have I ever had an abortion, or advocated abortion, either through my opinions in conversation or by actively assisting someone in procuring one?
  • Have I ever endangered myself or the life of another person through the taking of drugs, abuse of alcohol or the reckless use of an automobile?

6. You shall not commit adultery.

  • Have I engaged in sexual activity outside of marriage.?
  • Have I been involved in a homosexual relationship?
  • Have I given my mind over to lustful thoughts or fantasies?
  • Have I read pornography or watched indecent movies or television shows?
  • In conversation, have I told or enjoyed lewd or obscene jokes and stories?

7. You shall not steal.

  • Have I taken anything that did not belong to me?
  • Have I been dishonest in the payment of my taxes or in the submission of expense accounts in my business?
  • Have I wasted time and cheated my employer by not doing a full day's work for my wages?
  • Have I been extravagant in my manner of life, to the neglect of the poor at home and abroad?
  • Have I been irresponsible and neglected the needs of my family by wasting money on gambling or betting?

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

  • Have I defamed the good name of another person by taking part in gossip or slander?
  • Have I injured the reputation of other by speaking about their failures and sins with
  • little desire or intention to help them?
  • Have I condoned prejudice and hatred toward people of other nationalities, races or religions?

9. You shall not covet your neighbors wife.

  • Have I sought the affections of another's spouse (husband/wife)?
  • Have I contemplated infidelity to my spouse?
  • Have I upheld the dignity of my spouse in all circumstances?
  • Have I rejected my family in my heart, wishing to distance myself emotionally and personally from them?

10. You shall not covet your neighbors goods.

  • Do I have and express concern for those who are suffering by giving generously to the poor or by serving those in need?
  • Do I habitually compare myself with others in terms of wealth, status, and financial security?
  • Am I jealous of the personal qualities of others or envious of their possessions or success?
  • Do I keep my finances in order and exercise proper stewardship over what is mine?
  • Do I support my Church sufficiently?

Source: "The Word Among Us," Box 6003, Gaithersburg, MD, 20897-8403",
"A Daily Approach to Prayer and Scripture"
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