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Many Ways to Steal! An Elaboration on the Seventh Commandment

Seventh Commandment So, you think you know what it means to steal? Why, it is the taking of another’s property against the owner’s will, right? Yes, but stealing also includes:

vandalism, cheating on exams, reporting more payroll hours than actually worked, wasting time at work, price gouging, shoplifting,” 1

as well as, finding things of value and not returning them to the rightful owner. Let’s also include:

“failure to pay taxes and bills, overspending the money of another person, failing to put in an honest day’s work, and reneging on a business contract.” 2

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Turn the Tide: An Elaboration on the Fifth Commandment

Fifth Commandment Oh, there are so many ways to violate the Fifth Commandment! Did you know that? Besides murder, we can violate this commandment as follows, via showing a disrespect for others in the form of

…anger, hatred, abusive language, resentment, omissions in service, racism, and failures to treat enemy oppressors with love. Revenge or vindictiveness also has no place in the heart of a Christian.” 1

After reading this list, are you like me? Are you having a “whoa” moment, thinking about all the times when you got unjustly angry because of greed or pride? Are you saying “ouch” when Continue reading

Cursing Isn’t Cool! Look at What Happened to Scaramucci!

Cursing Isn't Cool! Hmm…Do you let the curse words fly, every now and then? Or perhaps it’s more like every other word that comes out of your mouth? Well, let me be old fashioned and tell you that cursing isn’t cool! In fact, cursing makes you sound crude, rude and undignified. Look at what happened to President Trump’s latest Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci. Newly hired, he conducted a taped interview with the NY Times. When the tape was played, there were so many “bleeps,” because of foul language, that the audio was barely intelligible. Let’s just say that many people were offended after Continue reading

Lust Will Enslave You: Break Free From the Chains!

chains-of-lust We continue with the third installment of our seven part series on the seven deadly sins. Today we discuss Lust.

Lust causes you to objectify the “object” of your desires, rather than seeing the individual as a human being, deserving dignity. When you disregard human dignity, it becomes very easy to lose respect for others and for yourself.

Lust is disordered desire for, or inordinate enjoyment of, sexual pleasure. Sexual pleasure is morally disordered when sought for itself, isolated from its procreative and unitive purposes. 1

Lustful behavior is addictive, deluding the person into believing that  Continue reading

All Life is Worth Living

January 13, 2016

Life Worth Living

Life is Precious

During the Christmas holiday, I was listening to an old Bishop Fulton Sheen episode that was on television, while working around the house. I heard him make a comment that shot directly to my brain: “All life is worth living.” He made this comment decades ago, as if a foretelling of something that we would need to focus on today. He made this prophetic comment well before abortion became legal, or euthanasia became popular; or before the death penalty became the preferred means for seeking justice. I began reflecting on his comment. I began by asking myself Continue reading

Practicing Respect – Do you do it with everyone?

November 12, 2014

Practicing Respect Practicing respect gets easier once we acknowledge that everyone has been created in the image and likeness of God, AND once we acknowledge that our neighbor has the right to make his/her own choices, even when we personally would not make the same choice. That’s what free will is all about. If God can respect our own individual free will, and allow each of us to make, what may seem to others to be, stupid or erroneous mistakes, then we must respect the choices of others. It all goes back to these common phrases that we have all heard before, Continue reading

Embrace Respect? Where Do You Stand?

November 10, 2014

 

Embrace RespectEmbrace Respect? I’m more inclined to ask you why you wouldn’t embrace respect. As humans, we are created as social beings, meant to live in a community, where the basic foundation of living in a community is to give and get respect. So why do we see so much disrespect? Disrespect is something we often claim to see in others, but fail to see in ourselves.

“Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden plank in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3).

We see so much disrespect in today’s society because bigotry Continue reading

Respect – A Defining Virtue for Character Building

November 5, 2014

Respect Respect: concern for what is noble in every human being. Respect defines character building. Without respect for God and others, how could other virtuous habits spring forth? Father Romano Guardini more clearly defined this virtue as something akin to reverence, in his book, Learning the Virtues That Lead You to God. He states:

  • Every genuine virtue extends over many levels and stages because it is an attitude of a living person. Hence reverence can and should appear in everyday life, and then we can call it “respect” (p. 59).
  • Respect means that one takes another’s conviction seriously (p. Continue reading