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Easy Ways to Remember the Catholic Ten Commandments

Updated April 17, 2017

The Ten Commandments are an important part of Catholicism. They give explicit directions about how God wants us to live. Use word association and finger tricks to teach them to children at a young age and to help them remember how to honour God with their words and actions.

I am the Lord your God

One-None. The first commandment states that God is number one. You shall have no God before him or worship anyone or anything other than he.

You Shall Not Take the Name of the Lord Your God in Vain

Two-You. Remember the Second Commandment by picturing a group or a person gossiping. Just as we get offended when rumours and lies are spread about us, so does God. Do not take his name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy

Hold three fingers up and run the finger of the opposite hand between the three fingers, tracing the letter "W." Walk with the Lord by remembering the Sabbath and keeping it holy.

Honour Your Father and Mother

Put four of your fingers together and raise hand to your head, in a salute position. Honour and respect your parents through your actions and speech.

You Shall Not Kill

Five-Alive. Do not kill or take away the life of another person.

You Shall Not Commit Adultery

Six-Sex. Be faithful to your partner and do not cheat or lust after another person.

You Shall Not Steal

Seven-eleven. Picture a masked gunman at the local 7-11 store. Do not rob.

You Shall Not Bear False Witness Against Your Neighbor

Eight-Misstate. Do not lie or falsify information by spreading rumours, gossiping or embellishing facts.

You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor's Wife

Nine-Oh-So-Fine. Do not lust after or desire another man's wife.

You Shall Not Covet Your Neighbor's Goods

Hold up all 10 fingers. Is there anything missing? No. God has given you everything you need.

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