In this 8th Grade lesson, we study the 7th Commandment. The right to property is introduced, and the harmful effects of stealing is explored.
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Part of our created dignity is the right to possess things. That is why God gave everything on the Earth to Adam. The things God gives us to own are for us to enjoy and take care of. When we do this, we imitate God’s love and care for us.
When we steal, we show God that we don’t care about what He gave us, or what He wants us to do with these things. We show God that we don’t love Him very much.
Stealing hurts the person we steal from. It also hurts our selves. We can make the person we steal from sad or angry. He or she will not trust us or other people easily anymore. This keeps him or her from getting close to anyone. If a person can’t get close to someone else, there is no room for a friendship or love to grow. It becomes much harder to love and grow closer to God, too.
When we hurt another person, we lose their trust. We lose the closeness we had with our family and friends. This isolates us, or keeps us alone. God does not want us to be alone!
If we steal something, we must make things right before we can be forgiven. We must return what we stole. If we can’t do that, we must give the person something of equal value. We must also fix the hurt and sadness we caused. It may take a lot of time, but it must be done.
The best way to keep the seventh Commandment is to be happy with what we have. We should always remember that people are more important than things.
Spotlight on the Saints: Saint Louis IX
Saint Louis IX, a rich French king, is a good example of how to keep the seventh Commandment.
Louis IX, King of France, son of Louis VIII and Blanche of Castile, was born at Poissy, April 25, 1215. Louis was twelve years old when his father's death made him king. At that time, his mother, Queen Blanche of Castile, was declared regent and remained an important influence throughout his life.
Louis had tutors who made him a master of Latin, taught him to speak easily in public and write with dignity and grace. But Blanche's primary concern was to implant in him a deep regard and awe for everything related to religion. She used often to say to him as he was growing up, "I love you my dear son, as much as a mother can love her child; but I would rather see you dead at my feet than that you should commit a mortal sin."
At nineteen, he married Marguerite of Provence and the couple had eleven children. Louis was a model father and his children received careful instruction from him in the Christian life.
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