The 8th Commandment:
"You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (Ex 20:16)
- Have I made judgments about anyone? I might think Iím right, but only God knows enough about that person to make such a judgment.
- When have I heard about a moral fault of another person and immediately assumed it was true?
- When have I judged my spouse, children, neighbors, co-workers, friends, priests, TV stars, politicians, etc.?
- Do I hesitate to give others the benefit of the doubt?
- Have I disclosed anotherís faults and failings without valid and beneficial reasons?
- Have I exaggerated information about someone in order to make myself or the case Iím presenting look better?
- When have I lied or deceived? How have I been insincere?
- How have I bragged? If I boast to make myself look better than others, Iím lying. If I fail to give credit to God, Iím lying.
- When did I mock someoneís behavior? This is unloving.
- Did I gossip or say something that made another person look bad?
- Have I pointed out a co-workerís faults in the hope that Iíll get his job?
- Have I deliberately led someone into error or sin by saying things contrary to truth?
- Did I reveal secrets that should have been kept confidential?
- Do I sound critical, negative or uncharitable when I talk?
- When have I been untrue in my deeds? When have I been hypocritical or undependable?
- Have I ever been ashamed to bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ or the teachings of the Church? Have I compromised the truth or implied by my behavior that I agreed with things that are contrary to Godís laws?
- If Iíve been involved in a court case, did I give false witness to contribute to the condemnation of the innocent, exoneration of the guilty, or the increased punishment of the accused?
- When Iíve realized the sin of my words, have I failed to make reparation or to seek forgiveness from the people Iíve affected?
- Have I violated someoneís right to privacy by insisting on learning something I had no right to know? Or by spreading this information to others?
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