2168-2195. The Third Commandment concerns the Sabbath, the Lord’s Day – ‘a day of solemn rest, holy to the Lord’. With reference to the Apostolic Letter of St Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini (1993), Fr Guy explores what it means to keep the Lord’s Day holy.
2142-2167. This second commandment flows naturally from the first. Fr Guy considers what it means to keep the name of the Lord holy, exploring the different aspects of blasphemy and the use of false oaths, and why our Christian name, conferred at Baptism, is so important.
2110-2141. This section of Fr Guy de Gaynesford’s commentary on the Catechism of the Catholic Church covers superstition, idolatry, divination and magic, irreligion, atheism and agnosticism. Fr Guy also considers what it means ‘to make for yourself a graven image’, and what it does not mean.
2093-2109. Having considered the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity in the light of the first commandment, Fr Guy goes on to look at what we owe to God: ‘Charity leads us to render to God what we as creatures owe him in all justice’ (2095). The virtue of religion disposes us to adoration, prayer and sacrifice, leading us to offer our very selves to God as St Paul encourages us to do: ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship’ (Romans 1:12).
2087-2092. Fr Guy resumes his examination of the obligations of the First Commandment. He looks more closely at two of the theological virtues, faith and hope, and at the ways we can sin against them in relation to this commandment as outlined in the Catechism.
2083-2089. The First Commandment states: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself and graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them (Exodus 20:2-5). Jesus, when tempted by the Devil in the wilderness responds to one of his taunts by echoing this first commandment: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve’ (Matthew 4:10). Elsewhere he summed up man’s duties toward God in this saying: ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength’ (Luke 10:27, cf. Matthew 22:37). Fr Guy begins to explore these key statements of the Christian faith.
2052-2082.‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to inherit eternal life?’ To the young man who asked this question, Jesus answers … ‘If you would enter life, keep the commandments’. Fr Guy de Gaynesford is now able to continue his commentary on the Catechism with this introduction to the Ten Commandments – the ‘Ten Words of God’.
2030-2051. The Church is Mother and Teacher. From the Church the Christian receives the Word of God containing the teachings of the ‘law of Christ’ (Galatians 6:2). From the Church he receives the grace of the sacraments to sustain him on the way. From the Church he learns the example of holiness and recognizes its model in the all-holy Virgin Mary (2030). Fr Guy explains what is meant by the Magisterium of the Church and why we can trust her teaching.