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Session 25 The Ten Commandments 4 - 10

Opening Prayer All

Heavenly Father, may our discussion today open our minds to the meaning of the words given to Moses on Mt. Sinai centuries ago. (pause) May our discussion today inspire us to more faithfully live the Ten Commandments. (pause) May our discussion today help us to understand what it means to "Love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself." (pause) Most of all may our discussion this evening give you honor and glory. (pause) We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Discussion of Liturgical Readings for the Week Introduction to the Discussion Guide to Liturgical Readings Pastor/Leader

The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains a very thorough presentation of Catholic teaching on the Ten Commandments beginning with the historical perspective and Scriptural basis (from paragraph #2052 through paragraph #2082) and a full explanation of Catholic teaching on each of the Commandments (beginning with paragraph entry #2083 and ending with paragraph entry #2557). It is suggested that each RCIA candidate use The Catechism as the definitive source of Catholic teaching in regard to how the Ten Commandments should become the measure of progress on our spiritual journey through life. Beneath the text of each Commandment (4 through 10 in this lesson), you will find a listing of the relevant Catechism references followed by reflection questions to foster group discussion. The Fourth Commandment Honor your father and your mother. See paragraphs #2197 through #2257 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a thorough explanation and complete presentation of Catholic Teaching on the Fourth Commandment. Reflection/Discussion Questions 1. How does obeying your parents honor them? 2. Why is staying in close contact with parents important in the context of this commandment? 3. Can you honor your parents after they have died? 4. Why is setting a good parenting example for your children obeying the fourth commandment? 5. How and why does the fourth commandment extend to elders, teachers, and others?

The Fifth Commandment You shall not kill. See paragraphs #2258 through #2330 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a thorough explanation and complete presentation of Catholic Teaching on the Fifth Commandment. Reflection/Discussion Questions 1. Other than physical death, can someone intentionally "kill" another person? 2. How might we put someone into, or refuse to assist someone already in mortal danger? 3. Do we consistently defend the right to life of the innocent, aged and unborn? 4. How does justice for the poor relate to this commandment? 5. Discuss how anger and aggression and the need to seek peaceful solutions to conflict both personally and as a member of society relate to this commandment.

The Sixth Commandment You shall not commit adultery. See paragraphs #2331 through #2400 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a thorough explanation and complete presentation of Catholic Teaching on the Sixth Commandment. Reflection/Discussion Questions 1. How does the rejection of immorality and indecency in today's society in the choices we make regarding, reading, entertainment and socializing demonstrate obedience to the sixth commandment? 2. How does the development or maintenance of an improper relationship with someone other than your spouse constitute a sin against the sixth commandment? 3. How do chastity, charity and commitment to my spouse constitute obedience to this commandment? 4. Are my spouse and I committed to the will of God regarding the gift of children in our marriage? 5. Do I understand the church's teaching on divorce and annulment?

The Seventh Commandment You shall not steal. See paragraphs #2401 through #2463 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a thorough explanation and complete presentation of Catholic teaching on the Seventh Commandment. Reflection/Discussion Questions 1. Other than the theft of money or property, how else can someone sin against the seventh commandment? 2. Why and how is social justice pertinent to the seventh commandment? 3. What role does fairness play in obedience of the seventh commandment? 4. How does obeying the seventh commandment make us a better employer or employee? 5. In what way are people and nations of wealth connected to the poor and disadvantaged in the world? What is their responsibility to them?

The Eighth Commandment You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. See paragraphs #2464 through #2513 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a thorough explanation and complete presentation of Catholic teaching on the Eighth Commandment. Reflection/Discussion Questions 1. Why is truth so important in leading a Christian life? 2. Discuss both the immediate and long term effects of a lie in the human experience? 3. Why is reputation such an important concept when discussing the eighth commandment? 4. How do we sometimes facilitate sins of others against the eighth commandment? 5. What are some ways that we might accomplish reparation for our sins against the eighth commandment? The Ninth Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.

See paragraphs #2514 through #2533 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a thorough explanation and complete presentation of Catholic teaching on the Ninth Commandment. Reflection/Discussion Questions 1. Lust, the disordered desire for, or an inordinate enjoyment of sexual pleasure, is the most common sin against the ninth commandment. What human faculties does God give us to fight the temptation to commit this deadly sin? 2. Achieving purity of heart is an indication that we are obeying the ninth commandment. What do you think Christ meant when He said: "Blessed are the pure of heart . . ." 3. What does practicing modesty accomplish in relation to the ninth commandment? 4. What influences the standards of decency in today's society? Why is this attribute vital to obeying the ninth commandment? 5. Discuss why self-control in mind, heart and actions is critical to obeying the ninth commandment. The Tenth Commandment You shall not covet your neighbor's goods. See paragraphs #2534 through #2557 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for a thorough explanation and complete presentation of Catholic teaching on the Tenth Commandment. Reflection/Discussion Questions 1. Envy and avarice are sins against the tenth commandment. At what point does the natural desire for comfortable and nice things turn into these sins? 2. The tenth commandment speaks of "our neighbor." In a broader scope, what are the implications of this commandment for business, government, society and nations? 3. How does a commitment to charity and helping the poor constitute obedience of the Tenth Commandment? 5. Can one be a financial success in life and "poor in spirit" or "poor of heart" at the same time? Summation of Discussion Questions Closing Prayer Pastor/Leader All

Write a prayer to God thanking Him for the gift of the Ten Commandments. Ask for any specific help you may need to obey one of the commandments. Close with a communal "Glory Be."

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