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Introduction What is a Sacrament? A Sacrament is an outward sign of inward grace, ordained by Jesus Christ, by which grace is given to our souls. Do the Sacraments always give grace? The Sacraments always give grace to those who receive them worthily. Whence have the Sacraments the power of giving grace? The Sacraments have the power of giving grace ...

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The Commandments of the Church

The Ninth Article of the Creed

Are we bound to obey the Church? We are bound to obey the Church, because Christ has said to the pastors of the Church: ‘Anyone who listens to you, listens to me: anyone who rejects you rejects me’. (Luke 10:16) What are the chief Commandments of the Church? The chief Commandments of the Church are: 1. To keep the Sundays ...

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The Tenth Commandment

The Tenth Commandment

What is the tenth Commandment? The tenth Commandment is, ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods’. What does the tenth Commandment forbid? The tenth Commandment forbids all envious and covetous thoughts and unjust desires of our neighbour’s goods and profits.

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The Ninth Commandment


What is the ninth Commandment? The ninth Commandment is, ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife’. What does the ninth Commandment forbid? The ninth Commandment forbids all wilful consent to impure thoughts and desires, and all wilful pleasure in the irregular motions of the flesh. What sins commonly lead to the breaking of the sixth and ninth Commandments? The sins ...

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The Eighth Commandment

Eighth Commandment

What is the eighth Commandment? The eighth Commandment is, ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour’. What does the eighth Commandment forbid? The eighth Commandment forbids all false testimony, rash judgment, and lies. Are calumny and detraction forbidden by the eighth Commandment? Calumny and detraction are forbidden by the eighth Commandment, and also tale-bearing, and any words which ...

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The Seventh Commandment

Seventh Commandment

What is the seventh Commandment? The seventh Commandment is, ‘You shall not steal’. What does the seventh Commandment forbid? The seventh Commandment forbids all unjust taking away, or keeping what belongs to another. Is all manner of cheating in buying and selling forbidden by the seventh Commandment? All manner of cheating in buying and selling is forbidden by the seventh ...

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The Sixth Commandment

Sixth Commandment

What is the sixth Commandment? The sixth Commandment is, ‘You shall not commit adultery’. What does the sixth Commandment forbid? The sixth Commandment forbids all sins of impurity with another’s wife or husband. Does the sixth Commandment forbid whatever is contrary to holy purity? The sixth Commandment forbids whatever is contrary to holy purity in looks, words, or actions. Are ...

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The Fifth Commandment

Fifth Commandment

What is the fifth Commandment? The fifth Commandment is, ‘You shall not kill’. What does the fifth Commandment forbid? The fifth Commandment forbids all wilful murder, fighting, quarrelling, and injurious words; and also scandal and bad example. Does the fifth Commandment forbid anger? The fifth Commandment forbids anger, and still more, hatred and revenge. Why are scandal and bad example ...

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The Fourth Commandment

Fourth Commandment

What is the fourth Commandment? The fourth Commandment is, ‘Honour your father and your mother.’ What are we commanded by the fourth Commandment? By the fourth Commandment we are commanded to love, reverence, and obey our parents in all that is not sin. Are we commanded to obey our parents only? We are commanded to obey, not only our parents, ...

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The Third Commandment

third Commandment

What is the third Commandment? The third Commandment is ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’ What are we commanded by the third Commandment? By the third Commandment we are commanded to keep the Sunday holy. How are we to keep the Sunday holy? We are to keep the Sunday holy by hearing Mass and resting from servile works. ...

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