In response to Lori Ann's question, this is a sample list that I use to do a quick inventory. It took me about 30 minutes to do this the first time. Now I'm able to do a pretty quick tally in under 10... five if I'm in a pickle. I still feel better if I write it all out, but that's just me. This is a basic list to go from, and once you've got the subheading suggestions down, you can come up with your own.
Sample Examination Guide:
1st Commandment: I am the LORD your God: you shall not have strange Gods before me.
Do I prioritize material objects (money, clothes, food or television shows) over God?
Do I put other people (family, friends, celebrities, etc) ahead of God in my life?
Do I ignore God altogether?
2nd Commandment: You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Do I say things like "I swear to God" when I'm not being fully honest?
Do I use God's name as part of curses (ex: Goddamn it)
Do I listen to music that takes God's name in vain?
Do I consent to conversations that take God's name in vain?
3rd Commandment: Keep holy the Sabbath.
Do I attend Sunday Mass and all holy days of obligation?
Do I rest in accordance with God's Divine example?
Do I do anything to profane the day set aside for special honor and appreciation of God's blessings?
4th Commandment: Honor thy father and mother.
Do I obey my parents?
Do I obey my superiors and those who have authority over me?
Do I reflect the morals and teachings they've worked to instill in me?
5th Commandment: You shall not kill.
Have I been a party to murder (abortion counts on this one, folks)?
Have I caused spiritual death through scandal or intimidation?
Have I contributed to the emotional scarring of an individual through taunts,
humiliation or bullying?
6th Commandment: You shall not commit adultery.
Have I sought marital satisfaction (emotionally, physically, psychologically) outside the
bonds of my own marriage?
Have I remained chaste in my thoughts and actions (pornography, lewd thoughts, etc).
Have I put another person / thing above my spouse?
Have I intentionally dressed in an overtly sexual manner, thus giving away the
modesty meant only for my spouse?
Have I shared emotions and desires with another person and not my husband, thus
taking from him / her the opportunity to connect and understand me on a deeper
7th Commandment: You shall not steal.
Have I taken anything that doesn't belong to me without first asking?
Have I borrowed something with no intent to return it?
8th Commandment: You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Do I participate in gossip?
Do I spread lies about someone?
Do I say nothing as others spread fallacious information about someone?
Do I not strive for truth and honesty in my actions, thoughts and words?
9th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
Do I lust after anyone?
Do I watch pornography or read lewd materials?
Do I listen to suggestive music or take enjoyment in watching suggestive videos?
Do I seek fulfillment outside of my own marital relationship instead of working to
nurture and solidify it?
10th Commandment: You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.
Have I gotten jealous of someone because of the blessings they have in life?
Instead of being grateful for my own blessings, have I grumbled and demanded more than my fair share on the basis of what I perceive others to have?
Have I lost faith in Divine Providence?
Pride: Have I placed myself above others in life? Have I expected things of others that I don't expect of myself? Have I made excuses for my failings?
Gluttony: Akin to Commandment 1, have I over-indulged on food, clothing or entertainment? Have I ignored my duties as a parent / wife / friend because I've prioritized gluttonous tendencies over my vocation?
Wrath: Have I reacted with hatred or anger? Have I wished ill on someone? Have I allowed anger to boil up inside of me to flood out my love and patience?
Envy: Akin to Commandment 10, have I been envious of others? Have I become ungrateful for my own blessings while comparing them to the perceived blessings of others?
Sloth: Have I been lazy? Have I spent more time on Facebook than I have on the "big project" at work? Have I watched three movies in a row while I push off laundry and dishes for the 5th straight night? Have I said my prayers in bed instead of kneeling beside it because I was simply "too tired" to move? Have I pushed off prayer altogether (be it Mass, daily offerings, etc) because I just "didn't feel like" praying that day?
Greed: Also akin to Commandment 10, have I taken more than my fair share of resources? Have I hungrily worked around the clock to amass food / money / materials for myself without thought to those who are also struggling to get by? Have I been willing to share my resources with others through Divine Providence?
Lust: Akin to Commandment 9, have I lusted after a person or thing? Have I allowed myself to watch pornographic materials, listen to overtly sexual music, or partake in sexual activity that is outside the bonds of marriage?
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