Updated: Oct 23, 2020
So, how did you do? If you ran into difficulty don't be discouraged. This is an exercise I've presented to a lot of people, and the majority of them were not able to name them all, let alone list them in order. They just don't seem to be relevant teachings any longer. But think about them. These commandments, given to Moses by God, were guidelines for a way of the Israelites to live their lives in a way that would be pleasing to Him. It's been about 3500 years, but The Ten Commandment still apply to each and every one of us. They are the rules by which we must live, if our goal is to live a life pleasing to God of course.
If you were unable to name them all, there may be some work to be done on your part. These are incredibly important, and as a Catholic, you should know them by heart. But it's not just knowing them, it's understanding them and how not to break them. Most people will look at them and say how easy it is not to break many of them. Would you be surprised if I told you that you've probably broken every single one of them? I know what you're thinking, I've never killed anyone! Well, you don't have to kill anybody to break The Commandant of "Thou shall not kill." That's right! Have you ever been unjustly angry with somebody? Of course, we all have. Have you ever had hatred for others? Have you led people to mortal sin by your words or actions? Have you ever caused, counseled or consented to abortion? These are only a few of the ways you can commit the mortal sin of breaking the commandment, "Thou shall not kill."
You see there's a lot more to The Ten Commandment than just what they appear to be on the surface. Each Commandment has a list of ways to break them. If we don't take the time to learn our faith and understand how easy it is to offend God, we can end up face to face with Jesus at our Judgment with an awful lot to answer for. Remember, we are all obliged to learn our faith. It's a necessity that all people must do during their lives. Not just as children, going through the motions of the church so you can receive The Sacraments, but to continue throughout your life learning what God requires of us. I read all the time, because there's always more to know. Personally, I haven't begun to scratch the surface of what I need to know, so that I can go confidently into my Judgement and receive a verdict of eternal salvation. My Particular Judgement scares me to death! As it should everyone. Don't be so arrogant as to think you' re just going to stroll up to God and pass through to Heaven without anything to answer for. It does not work that way.
Preparation is key. We must invest time into learning our beautiful Catholic faith. It's such a wonderful thing to be a part of. Think of all the unfortunate people out there who are missing out on the beauty of what Jesus came here and left us. God went out of His way to give us The Ten Commandments. Because of them, we have the opportunity to live in communion with Him and His ways. Take the time to learn and study them. They're the rules God has set down for our lives. Not to shamelessly plug my book again, Good People Go To Hell, Bad People Go To Heaven, but in the back of it, we listed The Ten Commandments and the various ways to break them. It should be a fairly effective study tool.
Let's not continue our lives just squeaking by spiritually. Designate some time to read and learn about the one we say is most important to us. Prepare yourself for your judgement. Don't focus all of your efforts on the future of your earthly life. That can be taken away from you at any moment. But your eternity, you're going to live that forever. Do everything you can to prepare for it now. God has provided everything we need. Don't let Him down by finding something more enjoyable to do. He didn't let you down when He marched willingly to Calvary, right into certain death.
Peace, good and blessings.