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What are the Ten Commandments of the One True God?

 1. I am the Lord thy God.  Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
 2. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.
 3. Remember to keep Holy the Sabbath Day.
 4. Honor thy Father and thy Mother.
 5. Thou shalt not kill.
 6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
 7. Thou shalt not steal.
 8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
 9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Wife.
 10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.




 1. I am the Lord thy God.  Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

1-1. Q. What is the first Commandment?
A. The first Commandment is: I am the Lord thy God.  Thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.

1-2. Q. How does the first Commandment help us to keep the great Commandment of the love of God?
A. The first Commandment helps us to keep the great Commandment of the love of God because it commands us to adore God alone.

1-3. Q. How do we adore God?
A. We adore God by faith, hope, and charity, by prayer and sacrifice.

1-4. Q. How may the first Commandment be broken?
A. The first Commandment may be broken by giving to a creature the honor which belongs to God alone; by false worship; and by attributing to a creature a perfection which belongs to God alone.

1-5. Q. Do those who make use of spells and charms, or who believe in dreams, sin against the first Commandment?
A. Those who make use of spells and charms sin against the first Commandment, because they attribute to creatures perfections which belong to God alone.

N.B.  Some people have misunderstood this part of this precept/commandment to also apply to dreams, Prophets, prophecies and private revelation.  Some people have even gone so far as to apply this to anyone, by whatsoever name/title/position, to whom God the Holy Ghost has freely chosen to reveal the future.  As a result, such people have very foolishly and irrationally condemned anyone to whom God the Holy Ghost has revealed the future - which is the Spirit of Prophecy - whether in dreams or by any other means!

On the contrary:

“As regards the guidance of human acts, the prophetic revelation varied not according to the course of time, but according as circumstances required, because as it is written (Prov. 29:18), ‘When prophecy shall fail, the people shall be scattered abroad.’  Wherefore at all times men were Divinely instructed about what they were to do, according as it was expedient for the Spiritual welfare of the Elect”  (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., [b. 1225 A.D. in Rocca Secca, Naples, Italy - d. Wednesday, March 7, 1274 A.D. in Fossa Nuova, Italy], Doctor of the Church, Summa Theologica, Part II-II, Question 174, Article 6, Body).

“The Prophets who foretold the coming of Christ could not continue further than John [the Baptist], who, with his finger, pointed to Christ actually present. Nevertheless as [Saint] Jerome says on this passage, ‘This does not mean that there were no more Prophets after John [the Baptist]. For we read in the Acts of the Apostles that Agabus and the four maidens, daughters of Philip, prophesied.’ John [the Apostle], too, wrote a prophetic book about the end of the Church; and at all times there have not been lacking persons having the Spirit of Prophecy, not indeed for the declaration of any new doctrine of faith, but for the direction of human acts. Thus Augustine says (De Civ. Dei [City of God] v, 26) that ‘the emperor Theodosius sent to John who dwelt in the Egyptian desert, and whom he knew by his ever-increasing fame to be endowed with the Prophetic Spirit: and from him he received a message assuring him of victory’” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P.,  Summa Theologica, Part II-II, Question 174, Article 6, Reply to Objection 3).

1-6. Q. Are sins against faith, hope and charity also sins against the first Commandment?
A. Sins against faith, hope, and charity are also sins against the first Commandment.

1-7. Q. How does a person sin against faith?
A. A person sins against faith:

1. by not trying to know what God has taught;
2. by refusing to believe all that God has taught;
3. by neglecting to profess his belief in what God has taught.
1-8. Q. How do we fail to try to know what God has taught?
A. We fail to try to know what God has taught by neglecting to learn the Catholic doctrine.

1-9. Q. Who are they who do not believe all that God has taught?
A. They who do not believe all that God has taught are the heretics and infidels.

1-10. Q. Who are they who neglect to profess their belief in what-God has taught?
A. They who neglect to profess their belief in what God has taught are all those who fail to acknowledge the Catholic Church in which they really believe.

1-11. Q. Can they who fail to profess their faith in the Catholic Church in which they believe expect to be saved while in that state?
A. They who fail to profess their faith in the Catholic Church in which they believe cannot expect to be saved while in that state, for Christ has said: "Whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven."

1-12. Q. Are we obliged to make open profession of our faith?
A. We are obliged to make open profession of our faith as often as God's honor, our neighbor's spiritual good, or our own requires it. "Whosoever," says Christ, "shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven."

1-13. Q. Which are the sins against hope?
A. The sins against hope are presumption and despair.

1-14. Q. What is presumption?
A. Presumption is a rash expectation of salvation without making proper use of the necessary means to obtain it.

1-15. Q. What is despair?
A. Despair is the loss of hope in God's mercy.

1-16. Q. How do we sin against the love of God?
A. We sin against the love of God by all sin, but particularly by mortal sin.

1-17. Q. Does the first Commandment forbid the honoring of the saints?
A. The first Commandment does not forbid the honoring of the saints, but rather approves of it; because by honoring the saints, who are the chosen friends of God, we honor God Himself.

1-18. Q. Does the first Commandment forbid us to pray to the saints?
A. The first Commandment does not forbid us to pray to the saints.

1-19. Q. What do we mean by praying to the saints?
A. By praying to the saints we mean the asking of their help and prayers.

1-20. Q. How do we know that the saints hear us?
A. We know that the saints hear us, because they are with God, who makes our prayers known to them.

1-21. Q. Why do we believe that the saints will help us?
A. We believe that the saints will help us because both they and we are members of the same Church. and they love us as their brethren.

1-22. Q. How are the saints and we members of the same Church?
A. The saints and we are members of the same Church, because the Church in heaven and the Church on earth are one and the same Church, and all its members are in communion with one another.

1-23. Q. What is the communion of the members of the Church called?
A. The communion of the members of the Church is called the Communion of Saints.

1-24. Q. What does the Communion of Saints mean?
A. The Communion of Saints means the union which exists between the members of the Church on earth with one another, and with the Blessed in Heaven and with the Suffering Souls in Purgatory.

1-25. Q. What benefits are derived from the Communion of Saints?
A. The following benefits are derived from the Communion of Saints:--the faithful on earth assist one another by their prayers and good works, and they are aided by the intercession of the Saints in Heaven, while both the saints in heaven and the faithful on earth help the Souls in Purgatory.

1-26. Q. Does the first Commandment forbid us. to honor relics?
A. The first Commandment does not forbid us to honor relics, because relics are the bodies of the Saints, or objects directly connected with them or with our Lord.

1-27. Q. Does the first Commandment forbid the making of images?
A. The first Commandment does forbid the making of images if they are made to be adored as gods, but it does not forbid the making of them to put us in mind of Jesus Christ, His Blessed Mother, and the Angels and Saints.

1-28. Q. Is it right to show respect to the pictures and images of Christ and His Angels and Saints?
A. It is right to show respect to the pictures and images of Christ and His Angels and Saints, because they are the representations and memorials of them.

1-29. Q. Is it allowed to pray to the Crucifix or to the images and relics of the Saints?
A. It is not allowed to pray to the Crucifix or images and relics of the Saints, for they have no life, nor power to help us, nor sense to hear us.

1-30. Q. Why do we pray before the Crucifix and the images and relics of the Saints?
A. We pray before the Crucifix and images and relics of the Saints because they enliven our devotion by exciting pious affections and desires, and by reminding us of Christ and of the Saints, that we may imitate their virtues.





2. Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.

2-1. Q. What is the second Commandment?
A. The second Commandment is: Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain.

2-2. Q. What are we commanded by the second Commandment?
A. We are commanded by the second Commandment to speak with reverence of God and of the Saints, and of all holy things, and to keep our lawful oaths and vows.

2-3. Q. What is an oath?
A. An oath is the calling upon God to witness the Truth of what we say.

2-4. Q. When may we take an oath?
A. We may take an oath when it is ordered by lawful authority or required for God's honor or for our own or our neighbor's good.

2-5. Q. What is necessary to make an oath lawful?
A. To make an oath lawful it is necessary that what we swear to, be true, and that there be a sufficient cause for taking an oath.

2-6. Q. What is a vow?
A. A vow is a deliberate promise made to God to do something that is pleasing to Him.

2-7. Q. Is it a sin not to fulfill our vows?
A. Not to fulfill our vows is a sin, mortal or venial, according to the nature of the vow and the intention we had in making it.

2-8. Q. What is forbidden by the second Commandment?
A. The second Commandment forbids all false, rash, unjust, and unnecessary oaths, blasphemy, cursing, and profane words.





 3. Remember to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day.

3-1. Q. What is the third Commandment?
A. The third Commandment is: Remember to Keep Holy the Sabbath Day.

3-2. Q. What are we commanded by the third Commandment?
A. By the third Commandment we are commanded to keep Holy the Lord's day and the Holydays of Obligation, on which we are to give our time to the service and worship of God.

3-3. Q. How are we to worship God on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation?
A. We are to worship God on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation by reverently assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by prayer, and by other good works.

3-4. Q. Are the Sabbath day and Sunday the same day?
A. The Sabbath day and the Sunday are not the same. The Sabbath is the seventh day of the week, and is the day which was kept holy in the Old Law of the Old Covenant.
Sunday is the first day of the week, and is tile day which is kept Holy in the New Law of the New and Eternal Covenant.

3-5. Q. Why does the Church command us to keep the Sunday Holy instead of the Sabbath?
A. The Church commands us to keep the Sunday Holy instead of the Sabbath because on Sunday Christ rose from the dead, and on Sunday He sent the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles.

3-6. Q. What is forbidden by the third Commandment?
A. The third Commandment forbids all unnecessary servile work and whatever else may hinder the due observance of the Lord's Day.

3-7. Q. What are servile works?
A. Servile works are those which require labor of the body rather than of the mind.

3-8. Q. Are servile works on Sunday ever lawful?
A. Servile works are lawful on Sunday when the Honor and Glory of God, and/or the good of our neighbor, and/or necessity requires them.





 4. Honor thy Father and thy Mother.

4-1. Q. What is the fourth Commandment?
A. The fourth Commandment is: Honor thy Father and thy Mother.

4-2. Q. What are we commanded by the fourth Commandment?
A. We are commanded by the fourth Commandment to honor, love, and obey our Parents in all that is not sinful.

4-3. Q. Are we bound to honor and obey others than our Parents?
A. We are also bound to honor and obey our Bishops, Pastors, Priests, Magistrates, Teachers, and other Lawful Superiors.

4-4. Q. Have Parents and Superiors any duties towards those who are under their charge?
A. It is the duty of Parents and Superiors to take good care of all under their charge and give them proper direction and example.

4-5. Q. What is forbidden by the fourth Commandment?
A. The fourth Commandment forbids all disobedience, contempt, and stubbornness towards our Parents and Lawful Superiors.





 5. Thou shalt not kill.

5-1. Q. What is the fifth Commandment?
A. The fifth Commandment is: Thou shalt not kill.

5-2. Q. What are we commanded by the fifth Commandment?
A. We are commanded by the fifth Commandment to live in peace and union with our neighbors, to respect their rights, to seek their Spiritual and bodily welfare, and to take proper care of our own life and health.

5-3. Q. What is forbidden by the fifth Commandment?
A. The fifth Commandment forbids all willful murder, fighting, anger, hatred, revenge, and bad example.





6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

6-1. Q. What is the sixth Commandment?
A. The sixth Commandment is: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

6-2. Q. What are we commanded by the sixth Commandment?
A. We are commanded by the sixth Commandment to be pure in thought and modest in all our looks, words, and actions.

6-3. Q. What is forbidden by the sixth Commandment?
A. The sixth commandment forbids all unchaste freedom with another’s Wife or Husband; also all immodesty with ourselves or others in looks, dress, words, or actions.

6-4. Q. Does the sixth Commandment forbid the reading of, and/or accessing of, bad and/or immodest books, newspapers, magazines, movies, TV programs, and internet web pages?
A. The sixth Commandment does forbid the reading of, and/or accessing of, bad and/or immodest books, newspapers, magazines, movies, TV programs, and internet web pages by whatever means and/or methods.





7. Thou shalt not steal.

7-1. Q. What is the seventh Commandment?
A. The seventh Commandment is: Thou shalt not steal.

7-2. Q. What are we commanded by the seventh Commandment?
A. By the seventh Commandment we are commanded to give to everyone what belongs to them and to respect their property.

7-3. Q. What is forbidden by the seventh Commandment?
A. The seventh Commandment forbids all unjust taking and/or keeping what belongs to others.

7-4. Q. Are we bound to restore ill-gotten goods?
A. We are bound to restore ill-gotten goods, or the value of them, insofar as we are able; otherwise we can not be forgiven.

7-5. Q. Are we obliged to repair the damage we have unjustly caused?
We are bound to repair the damage we have unjustly caused.





8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

8-1. Q. What is the eighth Commandment?
A. The eighth Commandment is: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

8-2. Q. What are we commanded by the eighth Commandment?
A. We are commanded by the eighth Commandment to speak the truth in all things and to be careful of the honor and reputation of every one.

8-3. Q. What is forbidden by the eighth Commandment?
A. The eighth Commandment forbids all rash judgments, backbiting, slanders, and lies.

8-4. Q. What must they do who have lied about their neighbor and/or who have seriously injured the character of their neighbor?
A. Those who have lied about their neighbor and/or who have seriously injured the character of their neighbor must repair the injury done insofar as they are able, otherwise they will not be forgiven.





9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Wife.

9-1. Q. What is the ninth Commandment?
A. The ninth Commandment is: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's Wife.

9-2. Q. What are we commanded by the ninth Commandment?
A. We are commanded by the ninth Commandment to keep ourselves pure in thought and desire.

9-3. Q. What is forbidden by the ninth Commandment?
A. The ninth Commandment forbids unchaste thoughts, and/or desires of another’s Wife or Husband, and all other unlawful impure thoughts and desires.

9-4. Q. Are impure thoughts and desires always sinful?
A. Impure thoughts and desires are always sinful, unless they displease us and we try to banish them.





10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.

10-1. Q. What is the tenth Commandment?
A. The tenth Commandment is: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.

10-2. Q. What are we commanded by the tenth Commandment?
A. By the tenth Commandment we are commanded to be content with what we have. and to rejoice in our neighbor's welfare and good fortune.

10-3. Q. What is forbidden by the tenth Commandment?
A. The tenth Commandment forbids all desires to take and/or to keep wrongfully what belongs to others.



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