Ten Commandments, Beatitudes, Works of Mercy, & Precepts

TEN COMMANDMENTS (CCC 2084 ff)

  1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.

TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS (CCC 2196, Matthew 22:37-40)

  • You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.
  • You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

BEATITUDES (CCC 1716 , Matthew 5:3-11)

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

PRECEPTS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (CCC 2042-2043)

  • You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.
  • You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
  • You shall receive the sacrament of Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
  • You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
  • You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.

Corporal Works of Mercy (CCC 2447)

  • Feed the hungry 
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked 
  • Visit the imprisoned 
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Bury the dead 

Spiritual Works of Mercy (CCC 2447)

  • Convert the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dead