40 Ideas for 40 Days – Lenten Activities: Name That Song – the 7 Deadly Sins

The focus of this session is on the 7 Deadly Sins, a good way to prepare for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation during Lent.


  • Identify each of the 7 Deadly Sins and their brief definitions (see chart below).
  • Download or otherwise acquire versions of each of the following songs and play about 60 seconds of each song, one at a time, inviting the young people to guess which of the 7 Deadly Sins the song represents.
  • Discuss each of the 7 Deadly (Capital) Sins using the story of the Prodigal Son.
Pride – excessive focus on self

Alice Cooper: I’m the Coolest

Gluttony – excessive desire for food and drink

Dave Matthews Band: Trippin Billies

Envy – resentment of others

Hilary Duff: Who’s That Girl?

Lust – sexual desires that disrespect the dignity of others

John Mayer: You’re Body is a Wonderland

Anger – uncontrolled hatred, acting without thinking

Nickelback: Just For

Sloth – lack of hope in God’s goodness

Reliant K: Apathetic Way to Be

Avarice – excessive desire for wealth and abundance

Beatles: Money


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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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