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?