I suffer from scrupulosity, and have been finding that the Scrupulous Anonymous website has been useful in helping me. The “Ten Commandments for the Scrupulous” have been helping me a great deal. I found commandments 8 and 9 particularly useful:
**8. You shall believe and act accordingly, so that whenever you are in doubt as to whether or not you are obliged to do or not to do something, you can take it for certain that you are not obligated.
- If, before you perform or omit an act, you are doubtful whether or not it is sinful for you, you shall assume as certain that it is not sinful and shall proceed to act without any dread of sin whatever.**
Some of the ten commandments for the scrupulous clearly are referring to the sacrament of reconciliation and to the confession of sins, whereas others do not appear to be just referring to this. However, something has confused me. On the same website there is a different page with the title “Ten Commandments for the Scrupulous (Revised)”. On this page the following is stated:
“The original "Ten Commandments for the Scrupulous" (1968) by Father Donald Miller, C.Ss.R., are intended specifically for the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation, and as such, provide essential and practical advice for the members of Scrupulous Anonymous. At the same time, however, because they are specific to the sacrament of reconciliation, they are not commandments particularly useful when the sacrament is not the main concern or focus.
It might be useful to offer a new set of commandments that might be helpful in the day-to-day struggle with scrupulosity. I do not expect that these new commandments are anything more than just a small contribution and perhaps a helpful tool for some of our readers. It is in this spirit that I offer these new commandments.”
The ten new commandments are then listed.
I am now confused as to whether I can follow the original ten commandments in areas other than the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. It seems strange to me that commandments such as numbers 8 and 9 may only be allowed to be followed during the celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation. I would like to hear other peoples’ thoughts on this.