Guide to Confession Based on the Ten Commandments


Guide to Confession Based on the Ten Commandments

I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.                         

♦     Do I give God time every day in prayer?

♦     Do I seek to love Him with my whole heart?

♦     Have I been involved with superstitious practices or have I been involved with the occult?

♦     Do I seek to surrender myself to God’s word as taught by the Church?

♦     Have I ever received communion in the state of mortal sin?

♦     Have I ever deliberately told a lie in Confession or have I withheld a mortal sin from the priest in Confession?

♦     Are there other “gods” in my life? Money, Security, People, etc.?

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

♦     Have I used God’s name in vain: lightly or carelessly?

♦     Have I been angry with God?

♦     Have I wished evil upon any other person?

♦     Have I insulted a sacred person or abused a sacred object?

Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

♦     Have I deliberately missed Mass on Sundays or Holy Days of Obligation?

♦     Have I tried to observe Sunday as a family day and a day of rest?

♦     Do I do needless work on Sunday?

Honor your father and your mother.

♦     Do I honor and obey my parents?

♦     Have I neglected my duties to my spouse and children?

♦     Have I given my family good religious example?

♦     Do I try to bring peace into my daily life?

♦     Do I care for my aged and infirm relatives?

You shall not kill.

♦     Have I had an abortion or encouraged or helped anyone to have an abortion?

♦     Have I physically harmed or killed anyone?

♦     Have I abused alcohol or drugs?

♦     Did I give scandal to anyone, thereby leading him or her into sin?

♦     Have I been angry or resentful?

♦     Have I harbored hatred in my heart?

♦     Have I mutilated myself through any form of sterilization?

♦     Have I encouraged or condoned sterilization?

♦     Have I participated in or approved of euthanasia?

You shall not commit adultery.

♦     Have I been faithful to my marriage vows in thought and action?

♦     Have I engaged in any sexual activity outside of marriage?

♦     Have I used any method of contraception or artificial birth control in my marriage?

♦     Has each sexual act in my marriage been open to the transmission of new life?

♦     Have I been guilty of masturbation?

♦     Do I seek to control my thoughts and imaginations?

♦     Have I respected all members of the opposite sex, or have I thought of other people as mere objects?

♦     Have I been guilty of any homosexual activity?

♦     Do I seek to be chaste in my thoughts, words, actions?

♦     Am I careful to dress modestly?

You shall not steal.

♦     Have I stolen what is not mine?

♦     Have I returned or made restitution for what I have stolen?

♦     Do I waste time at work, school, and home?

♦     Do I gamble excessively, thereby denying my family of their needs?

♦     Do I pay my debts promptly?

♦     Do I seek to share what I have with the poor?

♦     Have I cheated anyone out of what is justly theirs?

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

♦     Have I lied? Have I gossiped?

♦     Do I speak badly of others behind their back?

♦     Am I sincere in my dealings with others?

♦     Am I critical, negative or uncharitable in my thoughts of others?

♦     Do I keep secret what should be kept confidential?

♦     Have I injured the reputation of others by slanders?

You shall not desire your neighbor’s wife.

♦     Have I consented to impure thoughts?

♦     Have I caused them by impure reading, movies, television, conversation or curiosity?

♦     Do I pray at once to banish impure thoughts and temptations?

♦     Have I behaved in an inappropriate way with members of the same or opposite sex?

You shall not desire your neighbor’s goods.

♦     Am I jealous of what other people have?

♦     Do I envy the families or possessions of others?

♦     Am I greedy or selfish?

♦     Are material possessions the purpose of my life?