Ten Commandments

Daily Catholic Quote — G. K. Chesterton

“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.” (G. K. […]

Are You Living Well?

"Moses Breaking the Tablets" (detail) by Rembrandt [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Liberation from Slavery Are you living well? Are you living in Christ? Or perhaps you have lost your way… become enslaved to sin. We must never take life in Christ for granted. The Book of Exodus, from which today’s first reading is taken, is the story of how God liberated the people of Israel from Egypt. In a deeper, more […]

The Connection Between the Ten Commandments and the Cleansing of the Temple

Photography © by Andy Coan

When it started, all was fresh and new. An unnamed but mighty God freed a motley crew of slaves and offered them a new way of life in a new land. Most importantly, he offered them a privileged and exclusive relationship with Himself. In the ancient world, most nations worshipped their own god and believed themselves to have a special […]

Daily Catholic Quote from G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton

“The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.” (G. K. […]

When Heartfelt Zeal Becomes Ritual Routine

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B) – Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 1; Psalms 19:8, 9, 10, 11; First Corinthians 1:22-25; John 2:13-25. This series appears each Wednesday. Fresh and New When it started, all was fresh and new.  An unnamed but mighty God freed a motley crew of slaves and […]

How Abortion Breaks All Ten Commandments

Abortion does not only break the Fifth Commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” It breaks all the commandments. Let’s reflect on how each Commandment illumines and strengthens our pro-life commitment. The First Commandment is “I am the Lord your God; you shall not have other gods besides me.” There are many ways of having false gods. Pope John Paul II once […]