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The Ten Commandments

About the Roman Catholic Church

Papers from 4th grade Sunday School in the 1950s.
The Commandments: First, Second, Third & Fourth | Fifth | Sixth & Ninth | Seventh & Tenth | Seventh & Tenth Again | Eighth | All the Ten Commandments | Another Handwritten Paper by Me | Back to Catholic Main Page | Printable Version of this Page (I removed some of my thoughts) |

    I have some paperwork from when I was in 4th grade very early in the 1960s going to the Saint Lucy’s Church in Methuen, Massachusetts regarding the 10 Commandments.  These pages were from Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Course from the Diocese of Peoria in Aledo, Illinois.  There was apparently a book to go along with the pages. It doesn’t say what the book was, and I certainly don't have it now.
    Below are some items from the pages.  I’ve added the commandments that go with the pages, even though they weren’t actually listed on them. Anything in Italics is what I wrote at that time on the blank lined spaces on the papers. (Anything below in parentheses, in blue is written by me right now.)  In a box near the top of every page is written: Make The Sign of the Cross. Say The Morning Offering and The Apostles’ Creed.  (Did I know what any of this really meant? The answer to that question is, NO!)



First, Second, Third & Fourth Commandments

    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 thou keep holy the Lord’s day.
    4. Honor thy father and thy mother.


As each little boy and girl comes into this world, he finds himself in a little group called the FAMILY. The father is the head of the family.

For this reason, the FOURTH COMMANDMENT, which shows us our duty to our parents, comes immediately after the FIRST THREE COMMANDMENTS, which show us our duty to GOD.

A.  1. The FIRST  COMMANDMENT tells you to love God above all things.
     2. The SECOND COMMANDMENT tells you to respect the name of God.
     3. The THIRD COMMANDMENT tells you to honor God in a special way on Sunday and the Holy day.  (Maybe I meant Holy days.

Your parents rank next after God. They receive their authority from God. They have the right and power to command you.  God Himself has commanded you to obey them. 

B. 1. The FOURTH COMMANDMENT commands me respect and love my parents, to obey them and to help them.
     2. The FOURTH COMMANDMENT forbids disrespect, unkindness, and disobedience to our parents and lawful superiors.
     3. You must obey your teachers because they take the place of your parents. Image: Christ helping his parents, a line drawing
     4. You must listen to and obey your PRIESTS because they take God’s place over you.  (What? Even if being abused? I know that went on back in the day; I wish it wasn’t going on now.)

YUR BEXT EXAMPLE OF OBEDIENCE IS JESUS. Jesus became a little CHILD. As a Child, He obeyed His Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph. Jesus obeyed promptly, willingly, and exactly, as He was told.

C. 1. Jesus is your EXAMPLE of obedience because He obeyed His Blessed Mother and St. Joseph.
     2. How did Jesus obey? promptly, willingly, and exactly as He was told.
     3. You should obey as Jesus did.
     4. You are not allowed to obey your parents or those placed over you only when they tell you to commit sin. (And what if THEY are committing sin?)


(What I wrote on the back of the page about what I planned to do to put the lesson into practice:)
I intend to honor my parents and obey them in all things. I will respect them and my teachers at all times. I will do everything I’m told to do as long as it is not sinful.


The Fifth Commandment

5. Thou shalt not kill.


Image: Jesus Christ with a baby, a black and white line drawing A. Our Lord was always kind. He is your Example of Kindness.
     1. When Our Lord hung on the Cross, He prayed for those who put Him to death. He said: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
     2. When a blind man said to Our Lord, “Lord, that I may see,” Our Lord worked a miracle and cured the blind man.
     3. In the OUR FATHER you say, “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
The FIFTH COMMANDMENT teaches you to be kind to your neighbor. It also means that you should be kind to yourself. You are kind to your self when you take care of your soul and body. They are GOD’S GIFTS to you.

B.   Your life came from God. When God gave the FIFTH COMMANDMENT, He was thinking not only of your body but also your soul.
     1. The FIFTH COMMANDMENT is: Thou shalt not kill.
     2. The Fifth Commandment tells you: To take care of your own life and health, and to take care of your soul.
     3. The FIFTH COMMANDMENT commands you to take care of your spiritual and bodily well-being and that of your neighbor.
     4. The FIFTH COMMANDMENT forbids fighting, murder, hatred, revenge, drunkenness, and bad example.

C. 1. Dominic Savio set a good example of kindness for his companions by his kindness toward everyone, his purity of life, and his religious spirit.
     2. Saint Dominic risked his health to stop his two friends from committing a terrible sin. Dominic lifted a crucifix above his head.
     3. DOMINIC SAVIO was very fond of assisting at Mass.
     4. Is it wrong to risk your life to save another? No.

(What I wrote on the back of the page about what I planned to do to put the lesson into practice:)
I plan to obey the fifth commandment by taking care of my own soul and body. I will try to keep my temper and not hate anyone. I will not give anyone a bad example.


Sixth and Ninth Commandments

6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.


Image: The Blessed Mother Mary holding the Christ Child, black and white line drawingA. The SIXTH COMMANDMENT teaches you to “BE PURE” in all your actions. The NINTH COMMANDMENT teaches you to ‘BE PURE’ in all your thoughts.
     1. The Sixth Commandment is: “Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
     2. The Ninth Commandment is: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.”
     The SIXTH COMMANDMENT uses the word “Adultery.” You have heard of adulterated milk.  When the milkman puts water into the milk, has he pure milk? No. It is milk mixed with water. It is not pure milk.
     3. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. You are pure of heart when you are free from mortal sin.
     4. The Sixth Commandment tells us to be pure and modest in our outward behavior.
     5. The Ninth Commandment tells us to be pure in thought and in desire.

     1. Holy Communion is the receiving of Our Lord. You should receive Holy Communion often to keep yourself holy or pure.
     2. Our Lord was ALL PURE. When a bad thought comes to your mind, say: “MY JESUS, HELP ME.”
     3. God chose Mary to be the Mother of His Son because she was so pure.
     4. If you wish to be pure, you will always choose good companions.

     1. Maria Goretti said, “I will die before I commit a sin. I love Him too much to hurt Him.”
     2. Love our Lord as Maria Goretti did. Try not to hurt Him by sin, especially the sin of impurity.

(What I wrote on the back of the page about what I planned to do to put the lesson into practice:)
I plan to be pure and modest in all my thoughts and actions. I will not listen when someone tells me to commit an impure act.  I went to confession and communion. I prayed to God’s Blessed mother to help me be a good clean-living girl.



The Seventh and Tenth Commandments

7. Thou shalt not steal.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.


The Seventh Commandment of God is: “Thou shalt not steal.”
The Tenth Commandment of God is: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods.”

     1. God commanded you to be honest. Which two Commandments teach you to be honest?
The 7th Commandment.
The 10th Commandment.
     2. What are you commanded by the Seventh Commandment? To respect what belongs to others.
     3. The Seventh Commandment forbids all dishonesty, such as, stealing and cheating. It forbids unjust keeping of what belongs to others.
     4. The Seventh and Tenth Commandments teach you to be honest. Sometimes boys and girls steal little things at home or in school. The might think that these little things do not matter much. THEY DO. The worst thieves started by stealing a little at a time.
Image: Saint Francis, black and white image      5. Have you a right to money that you earn by honest work? Yes. Have you a right to something given to you by a person who has the right to give it to you? Yes.
     6. Are you bound to give back to the owner stolen goods? Yes.

     1. Saint Francis teaches you to be satisfied with the good things that God gives you. If you are satisfied with them, you will never steal.
     2. Saint Francis is called “The little poor man.”
God made Francis “LITTLE.” Saint Francis was very wealthy but he made himself “POOR.” Our Lord was poor and Saint Francis wished to be like God.
     3. Saint Francis taught that all God’s creatures form ONE BIG FAMILY under God. He also taught that everything in nature was made for the use of man.
     4. Saint Francis called everyone his sister or his brother.
     5. Saint Francis loved Christ Crucified so he prayed to suffer.
     6. Saint Francis was content and happy with the things that God gave him. He said men were unhappy because they thought too much about money.

(What I wrote on the back of the page about what I planned to do to put the lesson into practice:)
I plan to be honest at all times. I will not steal of damage anything that belongs to others. I will pray very hard to God to ask Him to help me be a good and honest girl.


Seventh and Tenth Commandments again


A. The SEVENTH and TENTH COMMANTMENTS are very important. You know that it is wrong to take what belongs to another. If you do what you are commanded by the SEVENTH and TENTH COMMANDMENTS, you will only be doing what is right.
     1. The SEVENTH COMMANDMENT says that we must respect what belongs to others.
     2. The TENTH COMMANDMENT forbids all desire to take or to keep unjustly what belongs to others.
     When you “respect” what belongs to another, you are honest. An honest person either buys a thing or asks for it. An honest person returns to the owner any article that belongs to him.
      Boys and girls who form the habit of HONEST when they are young will be HONEST in later life. Sometimes boys and girls steal little things at home. The worst thieves started out by taking little things.

Image: Black and white image of girl biting her nailsB. 1. Is this sentence correct: NO ONE WILL BE A THIEF IF HE KEEPS THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT?  Yes. Why? He will be doing what is right.
     2. Cheating in school is against the Seventh Commandment because it is dishonest.
     3. It is wrong to damage or destroy the Church property or any public property because it is unjust damage to the property of others.
     4. If property is destroyed and you are to blame for it, what must you do? Pay for it or try to fix it.

     1. The thought comes to you that no one is looking. WHO IS LOOKING? God.
     2. You steal. Whom have you offended? God. You have broken the SEVENTH and TENTH COMMANDMENTS.

     Tell the Priest that you stole.
     Tell the amount that you stole or the thing that you stole.
     If you are having trouble about returning the stolen amount or thing to the owner, ask the Priest for advice.

(What I wrote on the back of the page about what I planned to do to put the lesson into practice:)
I plan to be honest with everyone. I will not destroy or take anything that is not mine. If I break anything I will pay for it at once or as soon as I am able.


The Eighth Commandment

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


Your tongue is a very small part of your body. God gave you a tongue so that you can tell others what you think or feel or want.

A. The EIGHTH COMMANDMENT teaches you how to use your tongue.
     1. The EIGHTH COMMANDMENT IS: Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Jesus is ALL HOLY. The bad people who wished to put Him to death “bore false witness” against Him. They “bore false witness” because they told lies about Him.
     2. By the EIGHTH COMMANDMENT we are commanded to speak the truth.
     3. The EIGHTH COMMANDMENT forbids lies and harming the name of another.

Image: Saint Pancratius, black and white image B. Everybody likes a person who is not afraid to tell the truth no matter what happens. Read what happened to Saint Pancratius.
(You’ll have to look this up because this part was scratched out. For some reason the powers that be at Sunday school decided to not have us kids not do this part, so I won’t include it here.)

     1. TO “show off.” They want other boys and girls to think they are richer or smarter than they really are.
     2. To get out of trouble. They have done something wrong. They are not honest enough to tell the truth.
     3. They are jealous of others.
     4. REMEMBER:  If you tell a lie that harms the good name of a person, you must do your best to give him back his good name. You must try to say good things about that person.

(What I wrote on the back of the page about what I planned to do to put the lesson into practice:)
I plan to tell the truth in everything I do. I will not lie about my friends. I will not say anything wrong about them. I will pray hard to God to help me keep the Eight Commandment.


All the 10 Commandments

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 thou keep holy the Lord's 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.


Another Handwritten Paper by Me
(Unfortunately there is no date on this one, must have been early in the 1960s, because the handwriting is quite a bit better)

1. What do we call the three Persons in God? The Blessed Trinity.
2. What is actual sin? Sin that we ourselves commit.
3. What happens to those who die in mortal sin? They’re punished for eternity in the fires of hell.
4. What is a sacrament? An outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.
5. What is sin? Disobedience to God’s Laws.
6. Was anyone ever free from original sin, and what is this called? The Blessed Virgin Mary was born free from original sin and this is called her Immaculate Conception.

Posted September 28, 2011

I received my old scrapbook from a great-niece some time ago. It included some paperwork that my mother saved. I found these papers that I had filled out during a Sunday School (I guess) class I attended when I was young. I thought I'd type them in. They are pretty interesting.

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