Catholic Practices, Duties, and Common Lists

The Seven Deadly Sins, Works of Mercy, Virtues, Catholic Duties, & more

The Corporal Works of Mercy

The seven practices of Catholic charity toward our neighbor’s body:

  1. Feeding the hungry
    2. Giving drink to the thirsty
    3. Clothing the naked
    4. Sheltering the homeless
    5. Visiting the sick
    6. Visiting the imprisoned
    7. Burying the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

The seven practices of Catholic charity toward our neighbor’s soul:

  1. Admonishing the sinner
    2. Instructing the ignorant
    3. Counseling the doubtful
    4. Comforting the sorrowful
    5. Bearing wrongs patiently
    6. Forgiving injuries
    7. Praying for the living and the dead

The Seven Deadly Sins With Conquering Virtues

The 7 deadly sins with the corresponding conquering virtues. The conquering virtues are the virtuous actions that act as remedies against the deadly sins. Making the virtues habitual will help you overcome the seven deadly sins.

  1. Pride (Humility / Modesty)
    2. Envy (Kindness / Charity)
    3. Lust (Chastity / Purity)
    4. Wrath (Patience / Meekness)
    5. Gluttony (Abstinence / Moderation)
    6. Greed/Avarice (Generosity / Liberality)
    7. Sloth/Acedia (Diligence / Zeal)

The Theological Virtues

The Theological Virtues are given at baptism, and are the foundation of Christian morality:

  1. Faith
    2. Hope
    3. Love/Charity

The Cardinal (Moral) Virtues

The Cardinal Virtues are named because they play a pivotal role in Christian morality, and all other virtues are grouped around them:

  1. Prudence (knowing the appropriate what, when, and how)
    2. Justice (treating others fairly)
    3. Temperance (acting moderately)
    4. Fortitude (doing what’s right in all situations)

Precepts of the Church

The Duties of Catholics as Listed in the Catechism

  1. To attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and rest from servile labor.
    2. To receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once a year, if aware of committing a mortal sin.
    3. To receive Holy Communion at least once a year, between the first Sunday of Lent and Trinity Sunday.
    4. To observe the fast days and abstinence days established by the Church.
    5. To contribute to the material support of the Church

The Duties of Catholics added by the U.S. Bishops

  1. Obeying the Marriage Laws of the Church
    7. Join in the Missionary spirit of the Church

The Three Eminent Good Works

  1. Prayer
    2. Fasting
    3. Almsgiving

The Evangelical Counsels

  1. Chastity
    2. Poverty
    3. Obedience

Nine Ways of Being Accessory to Another’s Sin

  1. By counsel (“You should get an abortion”)
    2. By command (“You must get an abortion”)
    3. By consent (“You are getting an abortion? Good idea!”)
    4. By provocation (“He will get angry if I keep bugging him”)
    5. By praise or flattery (“Way to cheat on your wife buddy!”)
    6. By concealment (“I’ll cover-up your crime”)
    7. By partaking (“We can rob this business together”)
    8. By silence (“I know you stole it, but I won’t tell”)
    9. By defense of the sinful action (“His car was unlocked; it deserved to be stolen”)

Sins Against the Holy Spirit

  1. Presumption on God’s mercy
    2. Despair
    3. Resisting and/or attacking the known Truth
    4. Envy at another’s spiritual good
    5. Obstinacy in sin
    6. Final impenitence

Sins Crying to Heaven for Vengeance

  1. Willful murder
    2. Sodomy
    3. Oppression of the Poor
    4. Defrauding laborers of their wages

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-11)

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
    2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted
    3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth
    4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied
    5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy
    6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God
    7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God
    8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
    9. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you
    and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account
    Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven

The Four Last Things

  1. Death
    2. Judgment
    3. Hell
    4. Heaven

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

  1. Wisdom
    2. Understanding
    3. Counsel
    4. Fortitude
    5. Knowledge
    6. Piety
    7. Fear of the Lord.

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

  1. Charity (Love)
    2. Joy
    3. Peace
    4. Patience
    5. Kindness
    6. Goodness
    7. Generosity
    8. Gentleness
    9. Faithfulness
    10. Modesty
    11. Self-Control
    12. Chastity

Catholic Month Devotions / Designations

January – Holy Name of Jesus
February – The Sacred Passion (or The Holy Family)
March – St. Joseph
April – The Holy Eucharist
May – The Blessed Virgin Mary
June – The Sacred Heart of Jesus
July – The Precious Blood of Jesus
August – The Immaculate Heart of Mary
September – The Seven Sorrows of Mary
October – The Holy Rosary
November – The Holy Souls in Purgatory
December – The Divine Infancy (or The Immaculate Conception)

Catholic Weekday Devotions / Designations

Sunday – The Most Holy Trinity
Monday – The Holy Spirit
Tuesday – The Holy Angels
Wednesday – St. Joseph
Thursday – The Blessed Sacrament
Friday – The Passion of Our Lord
Saturday – The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Ten Commandments

  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 Sabbath
    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

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