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The Commandments of God

In the Old Testament, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God in two tablets. Later in New Testament, Jesus Himself explained these Commandments clearly; stating that there are two great commandments of God first, is to Love the Lord your God with whole heart and soul and second to love your neighbors as you love yourself. If we will notice in some churches there are two tablets where the Ten Commandments are written (replica of the two tablets during the time of Moses). On the first tablet are the Three Commandments about God and then on the second tablet are the remaining Seven Commandments on how to honor and respect our neighbors.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS GIVEN TO MOSES:

These are the commandments which God gave to man to guide him to happiness in this life and in the next:

I. I AM THE LORD THY GOD; THOU SHALT NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.
Commands: faith, hope,love, and worship of God; reverence for holy things; prayer. Forbids: idolatry, superstition, spiritism, tempting God, sacrilege, attendance at false worship.

II. THOU SHALT NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN.
Commands; reverence in speaking about God and holy things; the keeping of oaths and vows. Forbids; blasphemy, the irreverent use of God’s name, speaking disrespectfully of holy things, false oaths, and the breaking of vows.

III. REMEMBER THOU KEEP HOLY THE SABBATH DAY.
Commands: going to Church on Sundays and holy days. Forbids: missing church through one’s own fault; unnecessary servile work; public buying and selling; court trials.

IV. HONOR THY FATHER AND MOTHER
Commands: love, respect, obedience on the part of children; care on the part of parents for the spiritual and temporal welfare of their children; obedience to civil and religious superiors. Forbids; hatred of parents and superiors; disrespect, disobedience.

V. THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
Commands: safeguarding of one’s own life and bodily welfare and that of others. Forbids: unjust killing, suicide, abortion, sterilization, dueling, endangering life and limb of self or others.

VI. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
Commands: chastity in word, and deed. Forbids: obscene speech; impure actions alone or with others.

VII. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.
Commands: respect for the property of others and rights of thers, the paying of just debts; paying just wages to employees, integrity in public officials. Forbids: theft, damage to the property of others; not paying just debts, not returning found or borrowed articles; giving unjust measure or weight in selling; not paying just wages, bribery; graft; cheating; fraud; accepting stolen property; not giving an honest day’s work for wages received; violation of contract.

VIII. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBORS WIFE.
Commands: truthfulness, respect for the good name of others; the observance of secrecy when required. Forbids: lying, injury to the good name of others, slander, talebearing, rash judgement, contemptuous speech, and the violation of secrecy.

IX. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBOR’S WIFE.
Commands: purity in thought. Forbids: willful impure thoughts and desires.

X.THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHBORS GOODS.
Commands: respect for the rights of others. Forbids: the desire to take, to keep, or to damage the property of others.

The Great Commandments explained by Jesus

1. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind.
2. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

2067 The Ten Commandments state what is required in the love of God and love of neighbor. The first three concern love of God, and the other seven love of neighbor.

2072 Since they express man's fundamental duties towards God and towards his neighbor, the Ten Commandments reveal, in their primordial content, grave obligations. They are fundamentally immutable, and they oblige always and everywhere. No one can dispense from them. The Ten Commandments are engraved by God in the human heart.

 
LIVES OF THE SAINTS

DECEMBER 1
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker. 

DECEMBER 2
ST. BIBIANA
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times. 

DECEMBER 3
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.

DECEMBER 4
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE

St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family

DECEMBER 5
ST. SABAS

St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.

DECEMBER 6
ST. NICHOLAS

St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.

DECEMBER 7
ST. AMBROSE

St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.

DECEMBER 8
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY

Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.

DECEMBER 9
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO

St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.

DECEMBER 10
ST. JOHN ROBERTS

St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.

DECEMBER 11
ST. DAMASUS I

ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.

DECEMBER 12
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.

DECEMBER 13
ST. LUCY

St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.

DECEMBER 14
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS

St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.

DECEMBER 15
ST. NINO

St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.

DECEMBER 16
ST. ADELAIDE

St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.

DECEMBER 17
ST. OLYMPIAS

St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.

DECEMBER 18
ST. FLANNAN

St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.

DECEMBER 19
BLESSED URBAN V

Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.

DECEMBER 20
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS

St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.

DECEMBER 21
ST. PETER CANISIUS

ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.

DECEMBER 22
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS

The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.

DECEMBER 23
ST. JOHN OF KANTY

St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.

DECEMBER 23
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE

St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.

DECEMBER 24
ST. CHARBEL

St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.

DECEMBER 25
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS

The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.

DECEMBER 26
ST. STEPHEN

St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.

DECEMBER 27
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE

St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.

DECEMBER 28
THE HOLY INNOCENTS

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.

DECEMBER 29
ST. THOMAS BECKET

St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.

DECEMBER 30
CST. ANYSIA

St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.

DECEMBER 31
ST. SYLVESTER

St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.

 
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St. Gabriel Prayer

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Tour of the Relics of the Passion
(International Center for Holy Relics)
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“Jesus’ Baptism”

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God?

 
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