"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."

St Philip Neri

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."

Thomas á Kempis

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The Fifth Commandment


What is the fifth Commandment?


The fifth Commandment is, 'Thou shalt not kill'.

206. What does the fifth Commandment forbid?


The fifth Commandment forbids all wilful murder, fighting, quarreling, and injurious words; and also scandal and bad example.

  207. Does the fifth Commandment forbid anger?

The fifth Commandment forbids anger, and still more, hatred and revenge.

  208. Why are scandal and bad example forbidden by the
fifth Commandment?

Scandal and bad example are forbidden by the fifth Commandment, because they lead to the injury and spiritual death of our neighbour's soul.


The Sixth Commandment

  209. What is the sixth Commandment?

The sixth Commandment is, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery'.

  210. What does the sixth Commandment forbid?

The sixth Commandment forbids all sins of impurity with another's wife or husband.

  211. Does the sixth Commandment forbide whatever is contrary to holy purity?

The sixth Commandment forbids whatever is contrary to holy purity in looks, words, or actions.

  212. Are immodest plays and dances forbidden by the sixth Commandment?

Immodest plays and dances are forbidden by the sixth Commandment, and it is sinful to look at them.

  213. Does the sixth Commandment forbid immodest songs, books, and pictures?

The sixth Commandment forbids immodest songs, books and pictures, because they are most dangerous to the soul, and lead to mortal sin.


The Seventh Commandment

  214. What is the seventh Commandment?

The seventh Commandment is, 'Thou shalt not steal'.

  215. What does the seventh Commandment forbid?

The seventh Commandment forbids all unjust taking
away, or keeping what belongs to another.

  216. 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 Commandment, and also every other way of wronging our neighbor.

  217. Are we bound to restore ill-gotten goods?

We are bound to restore ill-gotten goods if we are able, or else the sin will not be forgiven; we must also pay our debts.

  218. Is it dishonest for workers to waste their employer's time or property?

It is dishonest for workers to waste their employer's time or property, because it is wasting what is not their own.


The Eighth Commandment

  219. What is the eighth Commandment?

The eighth Commandment is, 'Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour'.

  220. What does the eighth Commandment forbid?

The eighth Commandment forbids all false testimony, rash judgment, and lies.

  221. 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 injure our neighbour's character.

  222. If you have injured your neighbour by speaking ill of him, what are you bound to do?

If I have injured my neighbour by speaking ill of him, I am bound to make him satisfaction by restoring his good name as far as I can.


The Ninth Commandment

  223. What is the ninth Commandment?

The ninth Commandment is, 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife'.

  224. 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.

  225. What sins commonly lead to the breaking of the sixth and ninth Commandments?

The sins that Commonly lead to the breaking of the sixth and ninth Commandments are gluttony, drunkenness, and intemperance, and also idleness, bad company, and the neglect of prayer.


The Tenth Commandment

  226. What is the tenth Commandment?

The tenth Commandment is 'Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods'.

  227. 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.