In this 1st Grade lesson, we study the 7th Commandment. We will understand why we have things of our own, and why we should appreciate what we have. We will learn what happens when we take what is not ours from other people.
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by Judith Costello
We all have our own things. We have our own clothes. We have our own toys. We have our own toothbrushes. It is good to have things that are our own to enjoy and take care of. God created all things to enjoy and take care of. Having our own things to enjoy and take care of is one small way to be like God.
It is a sin to steal from someone else. God gives us everything we have. There is a reason each of us has different things to enjoy and take care of. When we steal, we tell God that we don’t care about what He wants for us. If we don’t care about what God wants for us, we don’t love Him very much, do we? This takes us back to the first Commandment!
When we steal, it hurts the person we steal from. It makes them sad or angry. Stealing always makes people trust less. Trust is important for people. When you trust someone, you get close to him or her. You start to like the person. You may even start to love this person. When you break someone’s trust, it’s harder for him or her to trust other people. It’s also harder to trust God.
Moses and the Ten Commandments
by Rembrandt (1659)
When we steal we also hurt ourselves. People don’t trust us. We lose the closeness we had with our parents and our friends. We also lose our closeness with God.
The best way we can keep the seventh Commandment is to be happy with what we have. It is also a good idea to remember that people are more important than things.
Saint Louis IX did a good job keeping the seventh Commandment. He is a great example for us to follow. Let’s learn about the story of St. Louis IX.
St. Louis, King of France
Louis IX was the son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile. He was born on April 25, 1215. When he was only twelve years old, his father died. That made Louis the new king.
Louis learned Latin. He learned to write and give speeches. But his mother, the Queen, knew it was most important for Louis to learn about God. She told him she loved him greatly, but she would rather he died than commit a mortal sin.
At nineteen, Louis married. He became the father of eleven children. Imagine trying to teach so many children how to be good Christians! That is what he did.
Louis brought law and order to France. One time a man who owned lots of land had three children hanged. They had caught rabbits on his land. The King was angry. He told the man that his punishment had been too severe. He took the man’s land a... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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