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The 10 Commandments

The Lord has our good at heart, that is, that every person should have life, and that especially the "least" of his children may have access to the banquet he has prepared for all. Thus he has no use for the forms of hypocrisy of those who say: "Lord, Lord", and then neglect his commandments (cf. Mt 7: 21).

Angelus Address
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
King of the Universe
St Peter's Square
23 November 2008

The 10 Commandments

God's Commandments are not obstacles to freedom and to a beautiful life, but signposts on the road on which to travel to find life.

Chapel of the Merciful Father
18 March 2007

The 10 Commandments

The message of the Commandments was synthesized in the life of Jesus and became a living model. Thus we understand that these rules from God are not chains, but the way which he is pointing out to us. We can be glad for them and rejoice that in Christ they stand before us as a lived reality. He himself has made us glad.

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
St Peter's Square
11 June 2010

The 10 Commandments

If with Jesus Christ and his Church we constantly re-read the Ten Commandments of Sinai, entering into their full depth, then a great teaching unfolds before us. It is first and foremost a “yes” to God, to a God who loves us and leads us, who carries us and yet allows us our freedom: indeed, it is he who makes our freedom real
(the first three commandments).
It is a “yes” to the family (fourth commandment),
a “yes” to life (fifth commandment),
a “yes” to responsible love (sixth commandment),
a “yes” to solidarity, to social responsibility and to justice (seventh commandment),
a “yes” to truth (eighth commandment)
and a “yes” to respect for other people and for what is theirs (ninth and tenth commandments).
By the strength of our friendship with the living God we live this manifold “yes” and at the same time we carry it as a signpost into our world.

Austrian Marian Shrine
Mariazell, Austria
8 September 2007