Theme 1: When is it stealing?
- express and apply the seventh commandment
- identify how the seventh commandment challenges actions that are commonly deemed acceptable
- define stewardship and discuss it in terms of the demands of the seventh commandment
- identify the balance between the right to own and the requirement to share in specific situations
- evaluate their own behaviour in light of the seventh commandment
- understand tithing as an offering to God and a form of prayer
- seventh commandment – “You shall not steal” – forbids unjustly taking or keeping the goods of one’s neighbours or wronging them in any way with respect to their goods.
- We believe in the right to property; however, it must always be held in check by the common good.
- All people have a right to what is necessary to fulfill their basic human needs.
- When we own something we are merely stewards. Each of us must use the things we own in such a way that they benefit not only ourselves, but also the common good.
Theme 2: Why tell the truth when a lie will do?
- express and apply the eighth commandment
- recognize that there is an absolute truth, and God is its source
- explain the role of truthfulness in relationships
- identify the balance between charity and respect for the truth in specific situations
- evaluate their own behaviour in light of the eighth commandment
- explore the meaning of the prayer and gesture that immediately precedes the proclamation of the Gospel
- The eighth commandment states: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.”
- Truthfulness is foundational for trusting relationships.
- God is the source of all truth.
- Human beings tend by nature toward the truth.
- Both charity and respect for the truth should dictate the response to every request for information.