In this 1st Grade lesson, we study the 6th Commandment. Where the Fifth Commandment taught us to protect all human life, the Sixth Commandment teaches us to do our best to keep all human life pure, or clean. We will learn how we can do this through our words and our actions.
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You go outside to play, and you get your clothes covered in mud. Instead of washing your clothes, your parents make you wear the dirty clothes every day. Everywhere you go you make a big dirty mess. That sounds gross, right?
Being clean is important. Clean is used to mean “healthy.” It’s used to mean “safe.” It’s used to mean “sinless.” When clean means “sinless,” we call that pure. God is pure. God asks us to be pure, too. He wants us to have pure thoughts and pure bodies.
What is a pure, or clean, thought? One that is good, without any bad in it. Here are some pure thoughts:
1. Rachel’s picture is pretty!
2. I love my Mom.
3. David is not being nice right now.
4. I don’t like my dinner.
Let’s change these pure thoughts into impure thoughts, or thoughts that aren’t clean.
1. I like Rachel’s picture, so I’m going to take it from her.
2. I love my Mom because she gives me what I want.
3. David is a mean loser.
4. Eww, this dinner is gross!
It may be hard to know if a thought is pure or not. If a thought is mean, it’s not pure. If a thought uses bad words, it’s not pure. If a thought is about doing something bad, it’s not pure.
To keep our thoughts pure, we should avoid books, TV shows, and movies that have bad words and rude actions in them.
Our bodies are a gift from God. They were created good! God wants us to use our bodies to teach others about His purity. We do this by being modest. Modest means: not too much, and not too little. We wear clothes that cover the private parts of our body. We only eat as much food as we need to be healthy. We control our actions.
Talk with your parents about other ways to be modest.
Many Saints were known for being pure. Let’s read a little bit about one of these Saints: St. Maria Goretti.
Maria Goretti and her family were poor farmers in Italy. They had no money for their own land, so the family worked for other farmers. The Goretti family shared a house with another family on the farm. Maria’s father, Luigi, died when she was nine. Maria’s mother, brother, and sisters worked in the fields to make money. Maria took care of the cooking, sewing, and cleaning. Their life was hard, but they shared a deep love for God and the Church.
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